UNICEF's Immunization Partners

Working Together to Save Lives

UNICEF USA salutes all those working toward the day when all children are vaccinated.



BD, a global medical technology company and a leading manufacturer of injection devices, has been a UNICEF partner for more than 14 years. A pioneer in the effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), BD was the first company to partner with UNICEF in support of MNT elimination, and the company continues to play a key role in advocating for the cause. To date, BD has provided UNICEF with more than $6 million in funding, as well as product donations valued at more than $3 million. BD's continued support has been essential in helping UNICEF work toward its goal of eliminating tetanus as a global public health problem and improving the lives of women and children everywhere.

Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International is a global organization of nearly 600,000 members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—including Circle K International for university students, Key Club, Builders Club, Kiwanis Kids and Aktion Club—annually raise over $107 million and contribute more than 18 million volunteer hours every year. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. The Eliminate Project is Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, in partnership with UNICEF, which will raise $110 million by 2015 to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This historic initiative is providing for vaccines, health education, training of birth attendants, and more. It is also paving the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services.

Rotary International

Rotary is a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Since 1985, the worldwide eradication of polio has been the organization’s signature global cause.  Rotary’s vast network of volunteers across more than 200 countries have raised over $1.2 billion toward the eradication effort.  During that period, the number of polio endemic countries has decreased from 125 to only three today.  In 2013, Rotary International granted over $58 million to the UNICEF USA to support UNICEF’s polio eradication programming.  Rotary provides critical support for UNICEF’s programming, including vaccine delivery, transportation costs, social mobilization, and training of health workers. 

Special Initiatives

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. Since 1988, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio thanks to the unprecedented cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of over US$ 8 billion.

The Measles and Rubella Initiative

Launched in 2001, the Measles Initiative is a partnership — led by the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and World Health Organization — committed to reducing measles deaths worldwide. Partners provide technical and financial support to governments and communities conducting mass vaccination campaigns, improving routine immunization services, and establishing effective disease surveillance. To date, the partnership has invested more than US $875 million in measles control activities. In 2012, a new plan to jointly tackle measles and rubella using the same strategy and a combined measles-rubella vaccine.

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Elimination Initiative

Tetanus is an excruciating disease that kills one newborn every nine minutes, or approximately 160 babies each day. A significant number of mothers die, as well. Typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices, the disease is swift, cruel and lethal. But it is also highly preventable. An affordable vaccine given to women of childbearing age can stop tetanus. The MNT Elimination Initiative is an international private-public partnership that includes national governments, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, GAVI, USAID/ImmunizationBasics, CDC, UNICEF National Committees, the Government of Japan, Save the Children, PATH, RMHC, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kiwanis International, Pampers – a division of Procter & Gamble, and BD.

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