How long will it take to end malaria, polio, tetanus, measles and HIV infections in newborns? Just five years, according to Ban Ki-moon.
“I ask all of you here to help us finish the job. Five diseases. Five years. We can do it,” the U.N. Secretary-General said on Wednesday before some of America’s richest at the second annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy in New York.
Ban appealed to philanthropists in attendance — from Bill Gates to Warren Buffett — to help turn the tide against these global health threats.
Of particular note were measles and tetanus, which he said were not getting enough international attention, but have “the same great potential for results.”
Ban also made a “special appeal” for cholera elimination in Haiti.
“What Haiti needs is a partner ready to provide $1 million a year for the next three to five years to underwrite free vaccines for the poor and vulnerable people who need them most,” added the U.N. chief.
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