United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations' causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations. Through new and innovative public-private partnerships, advocacy and grantmaking, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Jul 22, 2015

Progress for Children

UNICEF' Executive Director Anthony Lake said, "The MDGs helped the world realize tremendous progress for children—but they also showed us how many children we are leaving behind."


With the current progress rate and the projected population growth, these are the areas of improvement and the consequences which we could face:

  • By 2030, 68 million more children under five will die from mostly preventable causes
  • In 2030, an estimated 119 million children will still be chronically malnourished
  • Half a billion people will still be defecating in the open, which in 2030 will pose serious risks to children' health

However, we are making great progress in many areas. Since UNICEF began reporting in 1990:

  • Underweight and chronic malnutrition has dropped by 42 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively among children under five
  • 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources
  • Maternal mortality has decreased by 45 percent

As the world transitions from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, Shot@Life will continue to support the work of the UN to ensure that children around the world have access to vaccines and we work together to childhood deaths due to preventable disease.

Apr 24, 2015

US Senate Resolution Commemorates Polio Vaccine

Sixty years ago, Jonas Salk's inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) gave new hope to parents in the U.S. that they could protect their children from what was, at the time, one of the most terrifying diseases facing Americans. Today, the world is nearly polio free, with a reduction in polio cases by over 99 percent, thanks in large part to IPV together with Albert Sabin's oral polio vaccine.

Salk's vaccine not only ignited the progress against polio; it will also play a critical role in the final years of the eradication strategy. The polio eradication program is using new approaches and tools to prepare for a polio-free world, including introducing IPV in all countries that do not currently use the vaccine in routine immunization. Introducing IPV around the world will help boost immunity and lock in gains made against polio through use of the oral polio vaccine. This is one of the most ambitious vaccine introductions in history.

But just because the world has made great progress in the fight to eradicate polio, there is no room for complacency. Significant challenges remain. We need to ensure that polio-endemic countries and donor countries remain committed to eradicating this disease, which is why I am encouraged to see a show of support from a group of U.S. senators.

Earlier this week, Senators Durbin and Kirk, along with several colleagues, introduced a resolution commemorating the discovery of the polio vaccine and supporting global efforts to eradicate the disease. This resolution highlights the profound impact that the Salk vaccine has had on polio eradication efforts and the importance of biomedical research and development, commends the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and encourages the U.S. Congress to continue to support GPEI and critical research and development.

This show of support is important. I want to thank Senators Durbin and Kirk for this resolution and for their long-time championship of polio eradication. With continued support, we will reach the end in our fight against polio.

Oct 23, 2014

A Promise Renewed

Yesterday, UNICEF announced that the world is steadily moving forward on improving child survival. Their latest progress report confirms that the estimated annual number of under-five deaths has decreased by almost half since 1990, from 12.7 million to from 6.3 million. What's even better? This rate is falling fast and almost 100 million children have been saved in the past two decades.

Despite these encouraging successes, I was struck that this progress is not enough to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4—reducing childhood mortality by two-thirds. Measles, a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine, still kills an estimated 122,000 children per year. Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet put it best when he said, "it is unacceptable, at this stage, to see complacency." More work needs to be done so no child dies of a preventable cause by their fifth birthday.

Shot@Life is committed to reducing childhood mortality by bringing access to vaccines to children around the globe. We need your support to renew our promise to all children. How can you step up the progress?

  • Visit Walgreens and get your flu shot. Walgreens will donate one life-saving vaccine to a child in need for every flu shot administered at a participating location
  • Share this graphic on Facebook to let your friends know about the progress we've made.

  • Donate $20 and give child a shot at a healthy tomorrow by immunizing him against measles, polio, pneumonia and rotavirus.

Together, we can further reduce these unnecessary deaths and give more children a shot at a happy life.

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