“The stunning success of the Measles Initiative demonstrates the power of partnerships. We are proud to be a part of this amazing effort; but, there is still more work to do. We must now reach a new goal of a 90% reduction in measles deaths by 2010.
“One way to help achieve the new goal for reducing measles deaths is by strengthening disease surveillance capabilities in the field. Through the Measles Initiative and other organizations, we are bringing new “eyes and ears” to international public health efforts by expanding the use of mobile, handheld equipment in Africa. Loaded with new, free health data surveillance software, these devices are allowing health workers to collect information about measles and other health data in the field, and respond to medical emergencies more quickly and efficiently.
“At the Vodafone Group Foundation we strive to identify and nurture new solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. The Measles Initiative campaigns and the health data surveillance efforts are examples of this principle at work.”
United Nations Foundation