Each year, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die from preventable diseases. We work hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other UN leaders to keep children healthy.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Distributed more than 4 million life-saving, anti-malarial bed nets
- Contributed to a 50% decrease in malaria since 2000 in the 25 countries in Africa ravaged by malaria
- Helped immunize more than one billion children
- Measles deaths are down 78% worldwide in 10 years
- We’ve nearly eradicated polio, with just four endemic countries still fighting the disease
WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED
We are an active partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since 1998, we have been proud to work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to support the complete eradication of polio. The Initiative’s core partners are: the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Rotary International.
Reducing Measles Mortality
We are a founding partner of the Measles Initiative, founded in 2001, to reduce measles deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. The Measles Initiative is one of the most successful global health efforts in recent memory reducing measles deaths worldwide by 78% in just 10 years.
Eliminating Malaria Deaths
We are strengthening malaria prevention through the Measles Initiative. We also improved the central international coordination mechanism for malaria prevention, Roll Back Malaria. We are the leader in distributing life-saving bed nets; and we are the leader in mobilizing grassroots global health campaigns. See our award-winning campaign to raise awareness and funds to send bed nets to Africa – Nothing But Nets.