History

Partnering with UNICEF, Kiwanis successfully completed its first global campaign for children to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading cause of preventable mental disability. Kiwanis raised and leveraged more than US$100 million, which helped change lives in 103 nations. The number of households estimated to be consuming iodized salt has jumped from less than 20 percent in 1990 to more than 70 percent, and the effort has been heralded as one of the most successful health initiatives in the world.

Kiwanis International and UNICEF have now joined forces to save the lives of babies and their mothers by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that kills one baby every eleven minutes. UNICEF Ambassador and actor Tea Leoni delivered the announcement at the 95th Annual Kiwanis International Convention.

UNICEF & MNT
IDD
IDD Grant Report
IDD Partners
Success story from India
Success story from West Africa
Success story from China
Success story from Indonesia
IDD FAQs