Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, just recently became the newest campaign ambassador to END7. The mission of END7 is to see the end of 7 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by 2020. Below is a photo of Tom in his END7 t-shirt.
Felton had this to say about his involvement with END7:
I was inspired to support the END7 campaign when I learned how easy it was for young people to get involved. By donating just a few pence, anyone can help get these treatments to people who need them most and hopefully change the future for the millions of children growing up in developing countries around the world.
Below is information about END7′s campaign from their Facebook page:
END7 is a campaign to see the end of 7 diseases by 2020. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the primary funder. The campaign is led by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (globalnetwork.org), an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. 1 in 6 people worldwide, including over half a billion children, have these parasitic and bacterial diseases living and breeding in their bodies. They stop children from going to school. They stop parents from going to work. And they take away any chance these communities have of …lifting themselves out of poverty. Without treatment, they can lead to lifelong disabilities and suffering.
NTDs cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, severe malnutrition and anaemia. These diseases prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, and thus keep families and communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. The END7 campaign, launched in January 2012 by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, aims to raise the public awareness and funding required to cover the cost of distributing medicine and setting up treatment programmes for NTDs. It is the first comprehensive public awareness campaign dedicated to NTD treatment and elimination and relies heavily on compelling visual content disseminated through various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread its message.
If you would like to donate to END7′s campaign you can do so at the END7 website or their Facebook page. For only 50 cents, you can help a child receive treatments and medicine for a whole year. Thank you to Snitchseeker for the wonderful information on this great cause!