WALLINGFORD, Conn., Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced support for the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, which works to educate, connect and empower Americans to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as provide life-saving vaccines to children in need.
The Tariq Farid Foundation contribution to Shot@Life will provide 10,000 polio vaccines to children in developing countries.
"The world is so close to eradicating polio and we are excited the Tariq Farid Foundation has joined us in our fight against this horribly debilitating disease," said Devi Thomas, Director, Shot@Life.
Approximately 1.5 million children die every year from diseases that are preventable with vaccines, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio.
"Here in the United States we are very fortunate to have excellent access to health care. However, in some parts of the world people still needlessly die because of lack of vaccines for diseases that have been eradicated here. I am honored to be able to partner with the esteemed UN Foundation on the Shot@Life campaign," noted Tariq Farid, who in addition to running his own private charitable foundation, is the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements and numerous other companies.
Polio attacks the nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and even death. While eradicated in the US in 1979, polio has recently reemerged in areas that had been polio-free for years and is currently endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are also experiencing a resurgence in polio cases.
Founded in 2014, the Tariq Farid Foundation supports organizations that relieve suffering by providing food and healthcare to those in need as well as supporting skill develop opportunities that allow people to achieve their full potential.
SOURCE The Tariq Farid Foundation