Vaccines given to young children over the past 20 years will prevent 732,000 deaths over the course of those children's lifetimes, the CDC reports
. However, one in five children
today isn't fully vaccinated. That's why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
has identified vaccination as a focal point of its work for 2015. Recently, the foundation commissioned over 30 artists working in literature, music, film, visual art, and photography to create works that reflect vaccination's life-saving role.
Their contributions coalesce in a diverse series called "The Art Of Saving A Life
" that the foundation is unveiling online. From original short films to a powerful story from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the work conveys that immunization is a matter of life and death. In the fight to vaccinate every child, there's no room for complacency — because #vaccineswork
Ahead, we've gathered 17 visual-art contributions to the project and the Gates Foundation's explanations of each. Click through — they're some of the most visceral arguments for vaccination we've seen.