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**MEDIA ADVISORY** Measles Initiative to Announce Major Achievement in Public Health

Global measles deaths drop worldwide, but gains at risk.

(Vocus) December 1, 2009 -- WHAT: Measles Initiative partners -- the American Red Cross, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization – will announce the latest global health achievement during a press teleconference on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. ET/16:00 CET. There will be time for questions and answers with each of the speakers.

Measles Initiative officials will present new data illustrating significant progress toward the United Nations goal of reducing measles deaths by 90% between 2000 and 2010. Partners will discuss how stalling momentum could lead to gains lost and increased deaths. Immunization expert Dr. Walter Orenstein, who led the measles elimination efforts in the United States, will address the importance of maintaining high vaccination levels to combat measles.

WHO:    Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman, American Red Cross
Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director, Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals,World Health Organization
Dr. Walter Orenstein, Deputy Director for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ann Veneman, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

WHEN:    Thursday, December 3, 2009, 10:00 a.m. ET/16:00 CET

To pre-register for the call and for further information, please contact Negin Janati at njanati (at) or +1.202.862.6319.

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About the Measles Initiative:
The Measles Initiative is a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally. Launched in 2001, the Initiative—led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization—provides technical and financial support to governments and communities on vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance worldwide. To learn more, visit


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