By Jordie Hannum
In a six-week span from August to September – approximately the length of time of baseball’s playoffs – the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spearheaded efforts to turn an open piece of land in Uganda into the Bidibidi refugee settlement – a settlement the size of the city of Pasadena, California.
Despite great momentum, immediate acceleration needed to reach Family Planning 2020 goal
By Kate Dodson, Vice President of Global Health, United Nations Foundation
Yesterday the World Health Organization’s Executive Board convened for a special meeting to review the current state of the Ebola response and how, together, we can end this outbreak. The key message across the board was that we must all stay engaged and avoid complacency. While collective efforts have started to yield an encouraging drop in cases in all three of the most affected countries, it is critical that we maintain focus as we enter the next phase of the response.
L’augmentation des flambées de rougeole montre la nécessité de renforcer les investissements et la volonté politique pour atteindre les objectifs mondiaux
24 avril 2012, ATLANTA, GENÈVE, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON DC – Aujourd’hui, les partenaires qui dirigent les efforts de lutte contre la rougeole annoncent une nouvelle stratégie mondiale visant à ramener à zéro la mortalité par rougeole et par syndrome de rubéole congénitale.
New York, NY (April 23, 2012) — In observance of World Malaria Day, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, and Variety held a reception at the UN Headquarters to discuss ongoing efforts to eliminate this deadly disease.
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Global partners launch new plan to control and eliminate measles and rubella
Increasing measles outbreaks prove need to bolster investment and political commitment to reach global goals
24 April 2012 | ATLANTA | GENEVA | NEW YORK | WASHINGTON, D.C ― Today, the partners leading efforts to control measles announce a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero.
Chicago, IL | March 27, 2012
Since last June, more than 130,000 refugees—and counting—have entered South Sudan and neighboring countries to escape fighting on the border of Sudan. As the situation worsens, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is providing food, water, and shelter. Living in a country where malaria is the leading cause of death among children under five, the refugee families in South Sudan need another life-saving tool: insecticide-treated bed nets.
Measles – Rubella campaigns will reduce child mortality, birth defects
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 November 2011 - Today the Measles Initiative applauds the GAVI Alliance board decision to fund rubella campaigns in the countries with the greatest need. The decision will result in the introduction of a combined Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccine in many more countries. This will save lives, protect hundreds of thousands of children against birth defects and help to eliminate measles and rubella from the world.
Washington, D.C. — September 28, 2011
The United Nations Foundation today announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had delivered $15 million of its $30 million commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Half the funds will be used in 2011 by UNICEF for vaccines and by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support campaign operations. The remaining funds will be released in 2012 to support both agencies. Countries benefiting from the funds include several members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, such as Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
On August 20, Dr. Esther Tallah, the head of the Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria, and I set out for Mfou, 25 kilometers outside of Yaounde, to be part of the country’s largest ever bed net distribution to deliver almost 9 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, many of which Nothing But Nets supporters helped send.
WASHINGTON D.C., 4 August 2011 – 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.
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UN Foundation Board Points to Innovation and Partnership as Keys to Solving Global Problems
Board Meeting in Norway Focuses on New Ways to Help the UN Improve Livelihoods in Africa, Bolster Women’s and Children’s Health, and Combat Climate Change
Submitted by Meril Cullinan on June 20, 2011
Today is World Refugee Day – a day to honor the nearly 50 million displaced people around the world. We’re proud to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) – which works to provide refugee families with food, water, and shelter. And we’re proud of our supporters, who have helped us send more than 1 million nets over the last few years to protect refugees in Africa from malaria.
Thousands across the country quickly come together to send anti-malaria bed nets to more than 70,000 refugees seeking safety in Liberia
Ed note: This is a guest post by Andrea Gay, Executive Director of Children's Health at the United Nations Foundation. Cross posted at USAID's Impact Blog.
For the last ten years, I have seen thousands of children cry after being pricked by needle for a vaccination against measles -a deadly disease that is preventable by one quick, albeit painful, shot.
I witnessed it again this week in northern Nigeria, as the country launched a nationwide integrated measles campaign to protect 31 million children against the deadly disease.
Thousands of supporters across the country answer an urgent call to help the Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI, and UNICEF get an anti-malaria mosquito net to every family in the Central African Republic
Washington, DC (January 24, 2011) - Today, theUnited Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI (Population Services International), and UNICEF announced the successful delivery of nearly 1 million anti-malaria mosquito nets in the Central African Republic (CAR)-providing one net to each family in the country.
UN Foundation Founder and Chairman points to progress in Nigeria where cases of polio are down 98% in 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. (OCTOBER 25, 2010)-As Nigeria celebrates its 50th anniversary, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner is in Nigeria from October 24-25, 2010 to deliver a message to local leaders that Nigeria must keep up the fight against disease by continuing to leverage the power of modern vaccines. "Working together, I know we can finish the job on polio," said Turner.
United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign encourages American girls to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls
New York, NY (September 30, 2010) - The United Nations Foundation is launching its newest campaign - Girl Up - which encourages American girls to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for their counterparts in the developing world. Girl Up will raise awareness about the 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries and encourages American girls to give …
Next week in partnership with PSI (Population Services International), UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health of the Central African Republic, Nothing But Nets will help kick-off the distribution of thousands of life-saving bed nets across the country. The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, and marred by frequent flooding and instability, the entire country is ravaged by malaria.
Jane Goodall narrates footage connecting statistics and data with firsthand accounts from countries around the globe
United Nations Foundation premieres the film at the African Union Summit in Uganda July 26
Kampala, Uganda (July 26, 2010) – The United Nations Foundation announced a milestone documentary examining the work of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (The Global Fund) and its ongoing impact in saving millions of lives, particularly of women and children, across the developing world.