The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 12

n May 16, 2004, in a ceremony at the Liberty Bell,
ONE was born. The nongovernmental organization
has brought together American, European and African
activists, students and faith leaders, musicians, sports
stars and politicians from left, right and center. Now four
million strong, ONE members continue to believe that one
person, coming together with many others, can change
the world.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the ONE campaign
has created
, an interactive timeline
that combines images, video and text documenting the
organization’s first decade of activism. The production,
available on
s homepage, moves from Nelson Man-
dela’s landmark 2005 “Make Poverty History” speech in
London’s Trafalgar Square to the 2014 music video, “Cocoa
na Chocolate,” which features 19 of Africa’s top recording
artists urging their leaders to invest in agriculture.
The timeline features an exclusive animated film by
award-winning artists Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo,
highlighting the fact that the number of people who live in
extreme poverty worldwide has been cut in half over the
past two decades. If current trends continue, the world
could see the end
of extreme poverty
by 2030. (Last
year, singer and
activist Bono
outlined the road
to that objective
highlights of which are on the “10
Years Together” site.)
Michael Elliott, president and chief executive officer of
ONE, says: “In our first decade, ONE has brought together
millions of activists around the world committed to the
belief that where you live shouldn’t determine whether you
live. We are proud that our advocacy has played a part in
the collective progress that has been made over the years—
from cutting malaria deaths in half in 13 countries in Africa
to increasing the number of people globally on lifesaving
HIV/AIDS medications from 300,000 in 2002 to nearly 10
million today. Working with partners from all over the world,
we have proved that together we are so much stronger than
the sum of our parts.”
—Steven Alan Honley, Contributing Editor
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Public Health Workers
Will No Longer Be Used
for CIA Operations
fter 18 months and in the midst of a
global polio health emergency, the
using public health workers for covert
operations or intelligence gathering.
The January 2013 letter stemmed from
the revelation that in its hunt for Osama
bin Laden, the CIA had recruited a Paki-
stani physician to conduct a fake hepatitis
B vaccination campaign in Abbottabad
using local public health workers without
their knowledge. The mission, which was
apparently not successful, was designed to
collect DNA samples from family mem-
bers living in the compound where bin
Laden was suspected to be living.
When word of the covert effort spread
in Pakistan in 2012, legitimate public
health workers providing polio vaccines
were run out of town. At least nine were
killed in December 2012, and more since
then. Save the Children was compelled by
the government of Pakistan to withdraw
all foreign national staff in September
Mistrust of public health workers
was not new in the region; the Taliban
in Pakistan had opposed vaccine cam-
paigns before. But the revelation that
health workers were in fact compromised
sparked a backlash against immunization
Public health workers throughout
the region were threatened, as were the
legitimate vaccination programs they
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