The art of saving a life

Around the world one in five children do not have access to the life-saving vaccines they need. And when you see, as I have and alas still do, children dying of preventable illnesses, it's just maddening.

An amazing exhibition 'The Art of Saving a Life' from the Gates Foundation tells some of the stories behind the success of vaccines and the future promise of immunization. They are stories of risk and bravery, the passion and dedication of scientists, the love of parents, and the determination of health workers.

These stories in the exhibition are told by  more than 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians.

It features the work of illustrator Sophie Blackall which I've reproduced below. Sophie has been working with me for the last year, illustrating the work of the International Children's Book Initiative including our latest guide for teachers in Rwanda called 'Enjoying books together'.

I love what she’s done for ‘The Art of Saving a Life’.

In her four illustrations Sophie takes us on an adventure, in a quest to find every child. Currently, more than 20 million children are not receiving the vaccines they need. Sophie brings these children to life, illustrating corners of the world where children can be missed – whether in remote mountain valleys, desert villages, refugee camps or dense urban slums. We are invited to search for these children, and once we find them, to think about their similarities and the challenge of reaching each of them, seemingly buried like the proverbial needle in a haystack. The illustrations also celebrate the fact that in many places, these children are indeed being found and vaccinated.

There's a lot of fantastic art and story telling at 'The Art of Saving a Life' and I encourage you to check it out.