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2013-10-24 23:03:56

The UN Foundation and the Liechtenstein Embassy to the US announce a three-year commitment of US$75,000 to support worldwide polio eradication efforts. Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 24, 2013 The United Nations Foundation applauds a generous, three-year commitment of US$75,000 from the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Championed by Liechtenstein’s Ambassador to the U.S. Claudia Fritsche, the gift will contribute to polio...

WHO Finds Fewer Deaths From Measles Worldwide
2012-04-24 11:40:45

A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds the number of deaths worldwide caused by measles has dropped about three-quarters over the past decade. While the number has universally dropped, most of the deaths occurred in India and Africa, where immunizations aren´t as accessible to children. According to health officials, nearly 9.6 million children were saved from measles in between 2000 and 2010, thanks to vaccination campaigns rolled out during this time. These...

2011-09-19 17:05:00

The campaign aims to decrease vaccine-preventable deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 19, 2011 The United Nations Foundation today unveiled Shot@Life, a new campaign to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries. A national grassroots movement, Shot@Life will educate, connect, and empower Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save childrenâs lives around the...

2011-08-04 08:48:00

Milestone marks progress and points to need for funding and political will to eradicate measles WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Measles Initiative today announced it has helped vaccinate one billion children in more than 60 developing countries since 2001, making significant gains in the global effort to stop measles. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110804/DC47447-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110804/DC47447-b) The child who received...

2011-07-28 00:01:02

(PRWEB) July 27, 2011 The United Nations Foundation today welcomed Romania's announcement that it was joining the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its first grant that will provide polio vaccinations for 40,000 children. Romania is the 20th European Union Member State to sponsor a grant toward the Initiative, and the United Kingdom will match one-fifth of the gift, reaching an additional 8,000 children. "We congratulate Romania on its commitment to helping achieve a polio-free...

2011-01-17 00:00:41

Statement by Kofi Annan, United Nations Foundation Board Member, Calling on the WHO Executive Board to Set an Eradication Date for Measles There is no better time than now to eliminate measles once and for all. As a result of the hard work of country governments, WHO, UNICEF, NGOs and others, we have made tremendous progress in reducing measles mortality by nearly 80% worldwide. But we can't stop here; measles still infects 30 million children each year and kills 450 people every day....

2009-07-30 10:54:00

Announcement follows First Lady Michelle Obama's official launch of United We Serve initiative WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is pleased to announce five new additions to its National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services by donating their time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need. (Logo:...

2009-01-21 11:00:00

Rotary International, Gates Foundation, United Kingdom, and Germany pledge critically needed funds and urge donor and endemic country governments to help end crippling childhood disease SAN DIEGO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the British and German governments today committed more than $630 million in new funds to fight polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that still paralyzes children in parts of Africa...

2008-12-04 09:00:00

The Eastern Mediterranean region achieves measles goal three years early ATLANTA and GENEVA and NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000. In addition, the Eastern Mediterranean region* which includes countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and the Sudan has cut measles deaths by a remarkable 90% -- from an estimated 96,000 to 10,000 -- during the same period, thus...

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2008-12-05 10:15:00

Measles deaths have fallen to 74 percent worldwide in the past 10 years thanks to an intensive attempt to vaccinate children in Africa and other regions, health officials announced Thursday.Measles deaths globally declined from a projected 750,000 in 2000, the year prior to the vaccination efforts starting, to 197,000 in 2007, the U.N. World Health Organization and other partners announced.In Africa, where the measles are devastating, deaths decreased by a staggering 89 percent, from the...