MACVF Launches Drive to Complete Capital Campaign

450 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 600
Glendale, CA 91203

Press Release For Immediate Release
October 11, 2004

Contact: Teni Melidonian, Protocol & Prose


[email protected]

MACVF Launches Drive to Complete Capital Campaign -Initiative Will Secure Vaccines Through 2017-

Glendale, CA (October 11) – The Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine
Fund (MACVF) announced today the launch of a drive to complete the
$1.5 million capital campaign designed to ensure the procurement of
vaccines for over 555,000 children in Armenia through 2017.

Armenia, unlike other emerging countries, has an effective immunization
infrastructure, however, it lacks the financing to sustain consistent
access to basic vaccines. With over $1.3 million raised, MACVF
will focus on raising the remaining $200,000 in order to guarantee
life-saving vaccines required to fight against preventable disease
and reduce infant mortality rates.

Each year over 37,000 newborn children in Armenia require routine,
basic vaccinations. In partnership with the Ministry of Health of the
Republic of Armenia, UNICEF and USAID, MACVF provides funds for such
vaccines as Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, MMR – Mumps, Measles & Rubella,
Pertussis, Polio, Tetanus and TB.

MACVF is a public-private capital fund administered by the Ani & Narod
Memorial Foundation (ANMF). ANMF, established in 1994 following the
tragic deaths of Ani and Narod Ardhaldjian, has brought educational,
cultural and health programs to Armenian women and children living
around the world.

ANMF introduced the educational world of Sesame Street© to the children
of Armenia in form of Open Sesame©, a compilation of the best of
Sesame Street© dubbed in Eastern Armenian. ANMF also established the
Narod Armenian Children’s Library in Lebanon, giving urban children
the gift of reading, as well as creating the Narod Network Project
linking Armenian children everywhere through the Internet.

To learn more about MACVF, ANMF and its programs, please visit
or contact the office at 818.291.6490 (450 N. Brand
Boulevard, Suite 600, Glendale, CA 91203).

For press information, to request interviews and/or media kits, contact
Teni Melidonian at 626.644.7247 or via email at [email protected]

The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,
tax-exempt US organization encouraging the welfare and development of
Armenian women and children through innovative cultural, educational,
health and social programs.

Enriching the lives of Armenian women and children