A number of generous women, including the wife of a foreign envoy in Korea, have rolled up their sleeves to support humanitarian research of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) by forming a supporters´ group, "the IVI Friends Society (IFS)." The IVI is the first international organization (IO) headquartered in Korea, and the world´s only IO devoted solely to development of new vaccines for the poor.
IFS, consisting of a dozen women as founding members, was launched with an inaugural gala on June 30 at the residence of Dr. Alyaa Mussa, the wife of Kuwait Ambassador, who serves as its founding Chairwoman. The gala was attended by several IVI donors and IVI Director-General, Dr. John Clemens, as well as IFS members, including homemakers and professionals from various fields in Korea.
IFS, a volunteer group, is devoted to supporting the Institute´s public awareness campaign. The group aims to promote IVI among the Korean people as a source of pride, as the Institute strives to develop and deploy new vaccines to help save children, 20,000 of whom are dying of infectious diseases in developing countries each day.
IFS is a result of energetic efforts by Dr. Moussa, who has been an IVI Goodwill Ambassador since 2004 and the wife of Kuwaiti Ambassador H.E. Zaid Al-Sherida in Seoul. Dr. Moussa, a professor of medicine at Kuwait University with a doctorate from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has been an enthusiastic advocate of IVI and of vaccine research. She even prompted Kuwait and Slovakia to join IVI as Signatories, and made Kuwait a donor of the Institute.
Dr. Moussa said IFS members envision becoming "mothers of the world´s children," rather than mothers who sacrifice only for their own children. "Eventually, we hope to develop IFS into a national movement for all Korean women in their 30s and 40s," said Dr Moussa, a mother of four children.