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Oksana Fedorova: ``My mission - to help children``

the Goodwill ambassador of UNICEF Oksana Fedorova about a tetanus problem with the poorest countries of the world, about hope for the healthy future of each kid of the planet and trips to Laos and Congo as a part of delegation of UNICEF.

- Oksana what means to you to be the Goodwill ambassador of UNICEF?

- UNICEF is a Children`s fund UN. In it people from the most different countries, the most various nationalities, professions and religion work. All of them are united by love of children and the highest sense of responsibility. I know some of these people personally. They have a surprising destiny. If I was a writer, I would write the book about these remarkable people and about children whom they rescue every day. And in the help to these people I see the mission, spiritual relationship with those who manage good. The main thing - not to feel sorry for this purpose for forces, neither physical, nor spiritual.

- In what you see the main mission in quality of the Goodwill ambassador of UNICEF?

- my main mission to promote the programs of UNICEF directed to protection of the rights and health of children as in our country, and abroad. In any country the child has to be surrounded with attention and care. I am mother and I worry about destiny of each kid.

I know

Ya that now the tetanus problem among mothers and their newborn children in the countries, Asia and Africa is particularly acute. I want to help them to get rid of this dreadful disease. I already was in Congo and Laos where watched how women and children receive a necessary tetanus vaccine. In the opinion of each mother I read gratitude and hope for the healthy future. These views were more eloquent than any words. But the problem is still actual, and in many countries tetanus mortality is still very high.

- In the modern developed society tetanus is perceived how long the forgotten illness from the past and very few people know about problem scales. Tell what the illness is?

- Today about 130 million women and children are subject to risk of a disease of tetanus. In the civilized world this illness was learned to be prevented for a long time, for this purpose there are enough three inoculations. However in many countries tetanus continues to claim the lives of people, and its main targets are newborn children and their mothers. The illness is caused by bacteria which live in the soil, and infection most often occurs from - for insanitary conditions which women at childbirth in the poorest countries of the world face.

- whether tetanus Is curable


- At children the illness will practically not respond to treatment, and do not live up to 70% of the newborn children who caught tetanus also about one month. It is difficult to estimate true consequences of tetanus and the number of its victims because many women and children from risk group live in the remote areas where there is no opportunity to ask for the professional help.

Therefore so important not only to provide

with necessary inoculations of women and children, but also to provide them high-quality medical care, to adjust health system.

- For the first time you took part in a joint program of Pampers and UNICEF in 2008, having visited the Democratic Republic of Congo where personally participated in vaccination of locals against tetanus. Whether the decision on this trip hard was given?

- Is not present

, there were no fears or concern at all. On the contrary - eyes burned!

one business to discuss the existing problem, staying at home in Moscow, and absolutely another - to help those who are defenseless and need your help. In 2008 during a joint action of Pampers and UNICEF funds which helped to get more than 4 million vaccines from tetanus were raised. And it is several million saved lives, the hope presented to women and children from 17 developing countries. Became Congo one of them. We vaccinated women and children, visited different medical institutions in the capital of the country Kinshasa. Feelings remained mixed. Of course, struck a condition of health care and a condition in which there live people. But it was important to me to see and understand a problem from within. Understanding that hundreds of thousands of women and children can remain healthy that they will not face all horrors of tetanus mobilized me for this help.

- In 2010 you made a trip as a part of delegation of UNICEF, to Laos this time again. What impressions remained from it?

- In Laos the problem of tetanus is nearly on the first place, it is a question of national importance. Within the stock Pampers and UNICEF “1 packing = 1 vaccine“ we visited the cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and then and the most remote provinces which residents have no opportunity to receive even elementary medical care. I was surprised with hospitality with which we were met by locals. We for them were envoys of a civilization. They even held for us a wellbeing ceremony which at them is called “speak in a deep voice“. During this ceremony the local shaman drove away from me evil spirits. Residents of Laos often do not know why the tetanus inoculation is necessary. People die in tortures there, but do not understand why. We told them about an illness and about how it is possible to prevent it. It was the improbable trip. People in Laos are very close to the nature. They with it are merged, live happily. Their way of life so strongly differs from ours that it seems, you got on other planet.

- What results managed to achieve Pampers and UNICEF in fight against tetanus?

- Thanks to support of mothers from every corner of the world Pampers and UNICEF helped residents of eight countries to forget about tetanus. Tetanus Timor - Leshti and Burkin - Faso is officially won Myanmar, Uganda, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau. Besides, vaccination against tetanus is regularly carried out in 24 countries. And Senegal became one of the last countries where tetanus was completely won. It took 4 years and 3 million vaccines demanded. By the end of 2012 of Pampers and UNICEF plan to win against tetanus 9 countries.

- Recently you for the first time became a mother, and, as we know, for mothers there are no other people`s children. How you consider, than each mother can help children from the unsuccessful countries with fight against tetanus?

- it is valid, having become mother, I in a new way looked at this problem. I always loved children, and trips to Laos and Congo helped me to see and recognize children from other world. Though the world has to be one everywhere, and children have to live in it equally safely and happily. This my belief! Today each mother can help with fight against tetanus without leaving the house.

Impressive results of the stock “1 packing =1 vaccine“ show to

the true power of maternal love. To help, there are several ways. So, buying packing of Pampers from December, 2012 to January, 2013, you give a possibility of new life without tetanus to one person, from each such purchase of Pampers finances purchase of one vaccine. You can also help online: install the application - in Facebook, VKontakte or Odnoklassniki, load your photo into a photomosaic, share the invitation with the friends. For each action of Pampers will also transfer funds for acquisition of 1 vaccine. If you feel that it is not enough, then it is always possible to make a donation in UNICEF. The Children`s fund UN works worldwide and helps children and their families with the most different situations.

- As the tetanus problem among mothers and babies costs

in tens of the countries. How it is possible to draw the maximum public attention to it?

- it is important to strong to be

not indifferent, to use for these purposes of a possibility of mass media, talent of creative people. For example, we went to Congo and Laos with group of the Russian journalists who in general told the general public on pages of the newspapers and magazines about our trip and a problem. Also with us there was a famous pictorialist Volodya Shirokov: after trips he organized charitable photo exhibitions, brought from Congo and Laos.