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Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson join the UN fight against polio and malaria

Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson join the UN fight against polio and malaria

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They were two of the 20th Century’s biggest stars of stage and screen, and when it came to the World Health Organization’s campaign to tackle two of the biggest killers of the post-war era, they answered the call.

Singing legend, Frank Sinatra, lent his golden voice to WHO for a UN Radio story in 1959, about upgrading medical care in Indonesia, while Hollywood great, Edward G. Robinson, went in search of the “murderess” malaria, in northern Lebanon, and beyond.

As we mark World Immunization Week, and World Malaria Day, for this latest Podcast Classic from UN News, we also catch up on where the world stands now in the fight against diseases like malaria and polio, with a senior WHO official.

Music Credits:Stardust’, by U.S. Army Blues

Audio Credit
Matt Wells and Omar Musni
Audio Duration
21'48"
Photo Credit
UN Photo/vb/gf