The United Nations and the U.S. are joining together successfully to fight polio, writes United Nations Foundation Vice President Peter Yeo. " In Garoua, Cameroon, I'm seeing with my own eyes how the work of the U.S. and the U.N. to expand immunizations is saving children's lives every day," he writes.
United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner and Board Member N. R. Narayana Murthy, a leader in India's technology sector, today issued the following statement on marking a historic year in which no child has been paralyzed by polio in India: "Today we stand with our partners in the international immunization community to celebrate this historic milestone and congratulate the government, health workers, volunteers and the communities of India who made this achievement possible." Read the full statement on the UN Foundation website.
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. 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. Click here to read the full release from the UN Foundation.
UNICEF has partnered with Zambian health officials and telecommunications companies to text millions of parents in support of a polio immunization drive. The texts encourage parents to bring in their children for free polio vaccines.