Video: It Just Takes Two Drops
December 3, 2007
The UN Foundation’s participation in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative includes providing $200 million to reduce the geographic range of polio from 30 to 4 countries, and helping to deliver 10 billion doses of polio vaccine to more than 2 billion children.
With key partners, we strive to raise funds and awareness, advance the policies of national governments and international agencies, and support the leadership of UN agencies. We count on our work to help bring polio to the brink of eradication as one of our proudest accomplishments, and every year we’re one step closer to our goal. As the video below shows, it just takes two drops.
At the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative, UN Foundation Chairman Ted Turner and President Timothy E. Wirth announced with Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations H.E. Khalid Abdalrazaq Al-Nafisee a $30 million commitment from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to polio eradication. This contribution will go towards vaccinations, education and awareness for eliminating polio worldwide. In addition to the important financial commitment, Saudi Arabia, the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques, is also requiring every pilgrim entering the Kingdom for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, to receive a polio vaccination. This is a huge step in the fight against polio because it helps to dispel misconceptions about the safety of vaccines and underscores that polio immunizations are not only appropriate, but essential.