UNICEF and its global partners continue the march to save women and
their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus, thanks in part
to the efforts of Kiwanis members. In June, the World Health
Organization declared Madagascar free of maternal and neonatal tetanus,
based on a validation survey.
Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser and a Kiwanis delegation saw the progress first-hand during a site visit to Madagascar
last fall for The Eliminate Project.
gives me much joy knowing the families I met while in Madagascar will
not have to suffer the terrible fate of MNT,” said Gasser. “I speak
often about a little Malagasy girl that I met. She giggled the entire
time we played a clapping game together. Her mother went to great
lengths to make sure the little girl was protected from tetanus. I have
much pride in the work of Kiwanis International knowing that girl will
not have to watch family members or friends deal with the sadness and
grief caused by MNT.”
Hear more about what Gasser and his wife, Christiana, experienced on the trip in their Madagascar video
Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 35 countries
, including, most recently, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)
. Every gift from you and your club
to The Eliminate Project will protect the connection between mothers
and babies. The faster contributions are received, the faster those
urgently needed funds can be used in the 24 countries
where the disease still threatens.