Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

 

Whereas Diapers play an important role in the health and wellness of children and their families across the Commonwealth and the average infant or toddler requires fifty diaper changes a week over their first three years; and

Whereas A supply of diapers is a requirement for infant and toddlers to participate in childcare programs; and

Whereas An estimated 30% of mothers in the United States struggle to obtain diapers for their children; and

Whereas The American Journal of Pediatrics concludes that a lack of accessibility to diapers can result in preventable medical and developmental issues; and

Whereas Poor and low income families are the most likely to have difficulty gaining access to a reliable supply of clean diapers; which are a necessity for the health and welfare of infants, toddlers, their families and child and health care providers; and

Whereas Reused dirty diapers can spread diseases like hepatitis A, viral meningitis, and severe bacterial diarrheas, which in the case of infants can lead to dehydration and death; and

Whereas The Commonwealth recognizes the importance that diapers, diaper distribution services and other community organizations play in the well-being of people across Massachusetts,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 8th-14th, 2013, to be,

DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts