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UN Foundation Board Travels to Africa to Witness the Impact of Vaccines to Save Children from Disease

December 7, 2010

Our Board of Directors including UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth traveled to Ghana and Nigeria in October 2010 to see firsthand the impact of vaccines to prevent childhood diseases and to witness Africa’s progress in advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

The meeting built on the positive momentum generated during this Fall’s high-level UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York that showcased how the UN is achieving progress in Africa and how progress must be accelerated around the world. 

During the week-long Board meeting in Africa the Foundation’s Board members called for increased participation by the private sector and civil society to maximize what the UN and governments can achieve together in tackling global challenges. 

“Nigeria has made tremendous progress toward eradicating polio through partnerships with community and government leaders that encourage parents to have their children immunized,” said Turner. “By building on the success of partnerships like these, we can eliminate measles and protect children from other vaccine-preventable diseases to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”

Last year Nigeria reduced cases of polio by 98 percent with only eight cases confirmed in 2010, as compared to nearly 400 in the fall of 2009. The UN Foundation is pointing to recent progress in Nigeria as proof that vaccines are key to eradicating polio and reducing measles worldwide. 

Check out our Flickr slideshow to view photos from the trip.  And if you want to learn more, read our press releases.