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Global Campaign for Children
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
The Eliminate Project is the Kiwanis family’s biggest campaign for children yet. But it’s not our first. And we’re not alone. In 1994, Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces for a worldwide service project to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, the world’s leading cause of preventable mental disability. Together, Kiwanis family members raised nearly US$105 million. Those funds are at work today in more than 103 countries, saving the world billions of IQ points and improving the lives of millions of children who are born free of IDD each year. Kiwanis and UNICEF have done it before. Together, we’re doing it again.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
The Kiwanis family is making history through The Eliminate Project! Since Kiwanis International joined UNICEF in the fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, infant mortality rates have dropped significantly. Because of Kiwanis, vaccines are reaching the women who need them—those in the world’s poorest and most remote regions—saving millions of lives. While we celebrate our great progress, the work must continue. Babies are still dying—newborns every day. Millions of women and babies need our support. Together, we will eliminate this disease.
Important facts about the fight
Figures are accurate as of January 2015 and are subject to change.
- 1 baby dies every 11 minutes from tetanus
- 134 newborns die every day from tetanus
- Between 2010 and 2013, neonatal tetanus deaths decreased by more than 15 percent—25 fewer babies die each day
- MNT has been eliminated from more than 35 countries since 2000
- A series of 3 doses of the tetanus vaccine = immunity from tetanus
- Women + vaccine = protected baby
- US$1.80 protects one woman and her future babies
- Elimination = <1 case of MNT per 1,000 live births
Another country eliminates tetanus
We have one more reason for celebration this holiday season: maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated in Equatorial Guinea. Validation surveys conducted by World Health Organization confirm that the country is the 41st to eliminate the deadly disease since 2000.
“The commitment and passion that Kiwanians around the world have for The Eliminate Project is an incredible thing to behold,” says Caryl M. Stern, U.S. Fund for UNICEF president and chief executive officer. “Thanks to your support, UNICEF and partners are reaching more women with the tetanus vaccine than ever before.”
Earlier this year we celebrated similar achievements in Indonesia and Niger. While this is great progress, let’s not forget that MNT still threatens millions of lives in 18 countries. They need us to continue to fulfill pledges quickly and release the funds that UNICEF needs to reach those nations. So keep going, because when your goal is to change the world, every penny counts.
“During this holiday season, let’s reflect on all of the successes that we have had together, and renew our commitment to eliminate MNT from all corners of the world!” says Stern.
Thank you for your commitment and support. Together, let’s celebrate an MNT-free Equatorial Guinea.
Walter Zeller Fellowship
When you give $1,250 to The Eliminate Project, you can become a Walter Zeller Fellow—and save or protect more than 690 women and their future babies. MNT is on the brink of elimination. With your one-time gift or two-year pledge, you have the power to save lives and prevent a life-threatening disease.
Do your part when you become a Walter Zeller Fellow today or give again to reach a Diamond-level Zeller. You can also honor your club president or a special woman in your life by making them Zeller Fellows.
Give now. Winter Haven Kiwanis has pledged to raise $27,750 as a Model Club for The Eliminate Project. Thank you to the following members, along with matching donors, who have contributed towards this goal:
Winter Haven Kiwanis Eliminate Walter Zeller Fellows:
Scott Edds (Presidential)
Kelly Casey, awarded by Winter Haven Kiwanis Foundation
Les Adams, awarded by Winter Haven Kiwanis Foundation
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Joe Schroeder, presented to the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven
Craig Clevenger, awarded by Winter Haven Kiwanis Foundation
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