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This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of good health and education

On #GivingTuesday – a day of donating and volunteering to kick off the holiday season – we wanted to share a few organizations that inspire us and our work.

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ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a simple, cheap and effective intervention that has prevented millions of deaths from diarrhea-related dehydration.

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Get A Shot. Give A Shot: We Can Help All Kids Get Life-Saving Vaccines

The United Nations Foundation and its partners have come up with a novel idea. Appropriately named “Get A Shot, Give A Shot,” this campaign builds on the foundation's Shot@Life initiative. For every vaccine administered as part of the campaign between August 1 and October 14, a life-saving vaccine will be donated for children in developing countries.

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How Can We Strengthen Immunization Services in a Rural District in Northern Uganda? A Profile of START Volunteer George Momanyi

START catalyzes district health workers to build planning and monitoring skills to strengthen immunization programs.

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An Urgent Call to Finish the Job and End Polio

Yesterday marked another major milestone in the world’s effort to wipe out polio – a preventable but debilitating and highly infectious disease. To date, major milestones in this effort reflected the progress in reduction of poliovirus transmission directly through facts and figures such as: •Since 1988, the number of new polio cases has dropped more than 99% from 350,000 a year to just over 400 in 2013; and from 125 countries to only 3 where polio transmission has never been stopped •In 2012, the world recorded the lowest number of new polio cases in history •In March of this year, India – once regarded as the hardest place to eliminate polio – was certified polio-free after marking three years without a single wild poliovirus case. •As a result of India’s success, WHO’s South east Asian region (including 11 countries and representing 1.8 billion people) was certified polio-free.

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