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Date:7/11/2009

s a wholly unacceptable reality and one that we are working to change in countries like Ghana, and throughout Africa and other continents. Here in the United States, I call on all Americans to join us in our fight to bring that horrific number, 25,000 child deaths, to ZERO."

Noting that President Obama urged the audience to view Africa as multifaceted continent, rather than a passive recipient of international aid, Stern said, "These words are particularly important for Americans to hear. This is the story that you never see in the headlines." Stern continued, "Throughout my travels, I have been privileged to meet many women, to hear their stories and share our concerns. UNICEF partners with women all around the world, in small villages and big cities, to help carry out our lifesaving work. In India, you may find a young mother in a remote area who administers polio vaccines, in Ethiopia, you may encounter one of thousands of women who have been trained to vaccinate women against maternal and neonatal tetanus. These women are true heroes, who go to great lengths to help not only their children, but all of the children in their communities. It is important for people here to know that their donations go not only towards the vaccines, medicines, and physical supplies needed to save lives but also the recruitment and training of such volunteers, who truly save lives."

Stern urges Americans to visit www.unicefusa.org, to join the "I Believe In Zero" campaign to prevent child deaths. "We need every American to stand up and be heard, when it comes to children dying of measles, diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia...these things cost pennies to prevent or cure. Please join us today, and stay with us until our goal of zero is reached."


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