Vaccines instead of chocolate: A global development Valentine's Day

Hearts-shaped bokeh lights. Photo by: Viktor Hanacek

The global development community has been inspired by Valentine’s Day, but it’s not showing the love with heart-themed love notes and chocolate. Some organizations are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a touch of creativity to highlight their work or promote their campaigns.

Here are a few examples we found on social:

About 1 million people die of pneumonia each year, a disease that could easily be prevented with vaccine. But the vaccine’s expensive price tag means it isn’t available in many developing countries. Médecins Sans Frontières, through its Access Campaign, has been calling on drug companies to bring down the cost of the vaccine and allow other manufacturers to produce it at a lower cost.

Some 38 million people die from noncommunicable diseases each year; a large portion of them die from cardiovascular diseases. As a means of prevention, this World Health Organization infographic reminds the public to avoid the disease’s risk factors, such as tobacco use and the consumption of food high in salt, sugar and fats.

Refugees Welcome is an initiative aimed at breaking down barriers between refugees and host communities. This Valentine’s Day, the initiative invites individuals, families and communities to host and welcome refugees over dinner for a night of dialogue and to “break barriers.”

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.