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Not What the Doctor Ordered: Rapid Environmental Change Threatens the Foundations of Human Health


Washington, D.C. (Vocus) November 5, 2009

Changes to the Earths land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes is rapidly undermining human life-support systems and threatening the core foundations of healthy communities around the globe: access to adequate food, clean air, safe drinking water, and secure homes.

These are the findings of the new report, Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health , published today by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Foundation. The report notes that, as a result of rapid changes to the climate and in land use, we are already seeing alterations in the distribution of malaria, schistosomiasis, and other infectious diseases in many regions. It concludes that poor populations, mainly in developing countries, are the most vulnerable to these environmental changes, even though they are the least responsible for contributing to them.

It is increasingly apparent that the breadth and depth of the changes we are wreaking on the environment are imperiling not only many of the other species with which we share the ecological stage, but the health and wellbeing of our own species as well, writes the reports author, Dr. Samuel S. Myers, M.D., M.P.H., an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

The report outlines a series of public health threatsfood and water scarcity, altered distribution of infectious diseases, increased air pollution, natural disasters, and population displacementthat collectively threaten large segments of the human population. But most of the death and disability from these threats is fundamentally preventable, Dr. Myers writes, if the political will can be mobilized to take strong, concerted action. The report outlines the need for national-level risk assessments to identify the greatest threats in different regions, as well as unprecedented technical and financial assistance from the international community to help developing countries adapt to the health impacts of accelerating environmental change.

Ultimately, the report argues, we will need to find new ways to generate economic growth that do not cause serious ecological deterioration, or the progress that has been made toward global health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation will be undone. At present, all of the major types of human caused environmental changeclimate change, changes in land use and cover, and ecosystem service degradationare accelerating, Myers says. To reduce the avoidable human suffering that will result, we must redouble our efforts to slow the pace of environmental change, reduce the rate of human population growth, and reduce the vulnerabilities of those in harms way.

In her preface to the report, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy on Climate Change to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describes the report as a call to action. She writes that, The knowledge that we can make a difference means that we have a large responsibility to act. By fighting ignorance, inaction, and inequity, we can create the conditions under which health threats can be averted. Most importantly, we must take targeted collective action to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people on the planet to threats they played little role in generating.

The United Nations Foundation, of which Gro Harlem Brundtland is a board member, supported this report. The UN Foundation connects people, resources, and ideas to solve the worlds global problems.

For a review copy of Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health or to interview Dr. Samuel Myers, please contact Darcey Rakestraw at drakestraw(at)worldwatch(dot)org or Julia Tier at jtier(at)worldwatch(dot)org or (+1) 202.452.1999 x594.

About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society. For more information, visit http://www.worldwatch.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Contact:

Darcey Rakestraw

(+1 202) 452.1999 x517

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Singer and Actress Mandy Moore Joins the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets for an Emergency Call to Action to Save Lives in the Central African Republic


Washington, DC (Vocus) July 28, 2010

Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore announced today she is joining the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign to respond to an urgent need for life-saving, anti-malaria bed nets in the Central African Republicwhere a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), is partnering with Nothing But Nets and its UN partners to deliver bed nets to each family in the country who needs one, by the end of this year.

Malaria is preventable, yet it continues to kill nearly one million people every year, said Mandy Moore, who has seen the effects of malaria in Africa firsthand. Insecticide-treated bed nets are one of easiest ways to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Im proud to be part of this initiative to send nets and save lives, and am hopeful we can reach this goal for the Central African Republic.

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 15 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with bed nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

People need to know that malaria, a disease that has existed for centuries and killed millions, can be stopped within the next five years, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. Mandy Moores voice, and the global reach of social media, is helping spread the buzz about the urgency of stopping this preventable disease.

Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she saw its impact firsthand in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSIan experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. Id like to invite my fans to join me for a live discussion on August 12 at 2:00 p.m. [ET] to learn more and find out how they can help. Im eager to spread the word about this deadly disease and its simple solutionjust $ 10 to send a life-saving bed net.

Moore will join experts from Nothing But Nets and PSI for a Town Hall on malaria in Africa, broadcast live on Facebook, to speak more about the emergency appeal for nets in the Central African Republic and what Americans can do to help. To learn more, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

BACKGROUND

Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. Nothing But Nets, in partnership with Many Moore and PSI, plans to deliver 837,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to ensure each family in the country is protected from malaria.

Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria – which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated bed net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to five years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $ 30 million to distribute more than 3 million nets to families throughout Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Associations NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $ 10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About PSI

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. http://www.psi.org.

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UN Foundations Nothing But Nets Wins Best Fundraising Campaign for Promotion with the NBA and HP


Washington, DC (Vocus) November 4, 2010

The United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets — a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa — and the National Basketball Association (NBA) won the PR News Nonprofit PR Award for Best Fundraising Campaign for their Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. promotion last December. NBA Cares, a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, and HP helped launch the promotion which gave a pair of tickets to an NBA game for every donation of at least $ 10 to the Nothing But Nets to send life-saving bed nets to protect more than one million refugees in Africa from malaria.

This award is proof of the power of partnerships. The NBA, its teams, players, and fans helped us raise our voice and spread the buzz about sending nets and saving lives, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. This promotion reached millions and helped send more than 30,000 life-saving bed nets — in just two weeks. Were truly proud of this achievement, and to be recognized with this award.

The award honors non-profit communications initiatives that motivate their supporters to act. Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. encouraged NBA fans and Nothing But Nets supporters to send anti-malaria bed nets to displaced families in Africa to help protect them from malaria, the number one killer of refugees on the continent. The program was a unique and exciting way to reward our fans for their continued commitment to our partnership with Nothing But Nets and the fight against malaria, said Tara Gutkowski, Director of Community Relations for the NBA.

The NBA continues its close partnership with Nothing But Nets — this past August, more than 20 NBA players, coaches, and legends helped the campaign distribute 20,000 anti-malaria bed nets in Senegal, West Africa. To see photos from the trip, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net .

BACKGROUND

Every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria — which is easily prevented through the use of a long-lasting, insecticide-treated net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease. One insecticide-treated net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to three years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and to educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $ 33 million to distribute over 3.5 million nets to families throughout Africa.

Nothing But Nets is currently working with singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore, and PSI to send a net to every family who needs one in the Central African Republic, by the end of the year. Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. For more information, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net .

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Associations NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $ 10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated than $ 145 million to charity, completed more than 1.4 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 525 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 22 countries on five continents. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

About the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org .

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The worlds largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com .

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Wandering Autistic Teen Safely Reunited with Family by MedicAlert Foundations Emergency Support Network


St. Petersburg, Florida (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

Half of all autistic children wander and more than one-third of those children are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number. To combat the fear and anxiety families experience should their loved one with Autism wander, MedicAlert Foundation offers medical IDs supported by a live 24/7 emergency support network. MedicAlert Foundation praised three firefighters from the Lealman Fire District for their coordination and honored in safely returning a MedicAlert member with autism who had wandered away from home.

Acting Lieutenant Ronald J. Neuberger, who was recognized at the ceremony, described the firefighters actions after receiving a call to evaluate a lost child. She was autistic and could not tell us anything at all. She was wandering around a fairly busy road. She had on a MedicAlert ID band and we were able to call MedicAlert and locate her home. If it were not for the MedicAlert ID, we might not have been able to locate her home as quickly and this could have put more stress on the child. When we returned the child home, I explained to the parents that we were able to get her home due to the band she was wearing. We were relieved when we were told that she never leaves home without it.

During last weeks ceremony at the Lealman Fire District, MedicAlert President and CEO, Andrew Wigglesworth, presented the Foundations Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award to Acting Lieutenant Neuberger, Paramedic Brian Barnes and Firefighter/EMT Randy Groves. Wigglesworth applauded the three firefighters for recognizing the MedicAlert ID and immediately contacting MedicAlerts emergency response team for the members medical history, emergency contacts, and identification. Our member had wandered away from home and thanks to these firefighters quick response, the MedicAlert emergency response team was able to work with these firefighters to communicate with the members family and safely reunite the member with loved ones said Wigglesworth.

Wandering is Major Stressor for Autistic Families

According to a recent survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), wandering was ranked among the most stressful behaviors by fifty-eight percent of parents. Sixty-two percent of families of children who wander were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering, and forty percent of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of wandering. Families dealing with autism have a real need for peace-of-mind and security; Christine Goulbourne, representative for the Autism Societys Florida chapter, emphasized this point at the award ceremony. Parents and family members of individuals with Autism share a common fear, and that is we are never truly at peace in the absence of our child or loved one with Autism, said Goulbourne. We worry about whether or not theyre being cared for, protected, or treated fairly. If they go missing, that worry is amplified by an agonizing terror. A child with Autism that is unable to communicate effectively will wander for hours or days if unfound; they will not recognize signs of danger.

The IAN survey states that two in three parents report their missing children had a close call with a traffic injury. As the mother of a child affected by Autism, Goulbourne highlighted the seriousness of this specific wandering event in which a traffic injury was thwarted. This story could have ended tragically, but it didnt, she said. The heroic and collaborative efforts of the MedicAlert team and these three courageous respondents, their strict attention to detail and awareness of this extremely special circumstance, safely reunited a lost child with Autism with her family.

To learn more about MedicAlert membership, MedicAlert medical IDs or the MedicAlert Foundation Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award, visit http://www.medicalert.org or email marketing(at)medicalert(dot)org.

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent and the most trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHR and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a members primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visit http://www.medicalert.org for more information.

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Walgreens to Help Provide Up to 3 Million Life-Saving Vaccines for Children who Need Them Most Through Donation to United Nations Foundations Shot@Life Campaign


DEERFIELD, Ill. (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

Building upon its efforts to provide greater access to vaccines and other health care services for populations in need, Walgreens is partnering with the United Nations Foundation this flu season, to help provide up to 3 million life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundations Shot@Life campaign.

Dattoli Cancer Foundations Journey Magazine Tells Tsunami Story


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

Consonant Custom Media announces publication of the Fall 2012 issue of Journey, the recently redesigned and relaunched magazine for Dattoli Cancer Foundation (DCF).

Demonstrating the international nature of Dattoli Cancer Centers patient population, the Fall 2012 issues feature story profiles Dr. Tom Ward, an American dentist living and practicing in Tokyo for the past 40 years. In addition to sharing the story of his successful prostate cancer treatment by Dr. Michael Dattoli, Dr. Ward provides a personal account of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in March 2011, and describes his efforts to provide relief to its victims.

Published seasonally, Journey chronicles the experiences of prostate cancer patients who have been treated at the Dattoli Cancer Center and offers useful information for their spouses, families, researchers and donors. Regular editorial features include book reviews and scientific articles relating to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

According to DCF Director of Development Virginia Ginya Carnahan, APR, CPRC, Our Fall issue is an excellent example of how Journey helps us engage and educate our communities. We know that Journey is being read and appreciated by our patients, their families, donors, researchers and others who want to advance the discussion of prostate cancer. Since the redesign and relaunch of the publication weve seen an increase in donations and visits to our Web site.

The publication is distributed by mail and online.

About The Dattoli Cancer Foundation:

Established in 2000, the Dattoli Cancer Foundations mission is to raise awareness of the wide-spread incidence of Prostate Cancer and the need for early and annual screening exams; to provide information and support to men newly diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, as well as those with recurrent Prostate Cancer; and to foster research into better diagnostic tools and treatment options for Prostate Cancer. The Foundation is named for Dr. Michael Dattoli, a pioneer in the field of brachytherapy for the treatment of Prostate Cancer. Dr. Dattoli and his partner, Dr. Richard Sorace, are credited with many advances in refining and targeting external beam radiation and precise intra and extracapsular radioactive seed placement. More information can be found at the Foundations Web site.

About Consonant Custom Media:

Consonant Custom Media provides custom publishing solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems, medical research institutions and others who want to make more meaningful connections with their communities of interest. CCM puts the custom back in custom publishing by creating original content that is truly consonant, or in harmony, with our clients brand values. We use traditional and digital executions to reach specific objectives in perception management, sales, donor development and government relations. The firm is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida with regional representation in New York, NY and Louisville, KY. CCM can be reached at (941) 309-5380 or online.