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Statement by Dr. Daniel Carucci, Vice President for Global Health for the United Nations Foundation on the Launch of the State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization Report
Date:10/21/2009

Washington, DC (Vocus) October 21, 2009 -- "The roadmap outlined in the new report on the state of the world's vaccines and immunization launched by the World Bank, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization today is exactly what the United Nations Foundation strives to achieve. As a proud partner of the Measles Initiative and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we are dedicated to working through our public-private partnerships with the UN, governments, our global partners, and individuals to raise awareness and funds, and to ensure lifesaving measles and polio vaccines and other preventive interventions such as anti-malaria bed nets, vitamin A, and de-worming medicine are provided to children around the world.

"History and experience have taught us that if we fail to invest in new vaccines or if we let up in our fight against diseases that no longer threaten children in the developed world, we can expect vaccine-preventable diseases to continue to kill millions of children each year. Without continued funding and commitment to full immunization, diseases that have been controlled will roar back to claim more lives than ever and millions of children who could otherwise lead healthy lives will suffer.

"Immunizations are critical to reaching our global health goals and to significantly reducing child mortality as stated in Millennium Development Goal 4. Though not all diseases are vaccine-preventable, some of the top killers of children under five years old -pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles-can be averted through immunizations. Vaccines have consistently proven to be the most cost-effective method for preventing infectious diseases worldwide, preventing more than 2.5 million child deaths a ye
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