On November 12, 2014, The Eliminate Project campaign team rallied together for the seventh Worldwide Report Day—celebrating district and worldwide achievements and the Kiwanis family’s commitment to save women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).
Our efforts through The Eliminate Project are making a big difference. The number of babies dying from neonatal tetanus dropped more than 15 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group
. Approximately 9,000 fewer babies are dying each year thanks to Kiwanis, UNICEF and its partners!
We’re on the verge of turning a global effort into a worldwide achievement. Today’s calls reminded me of how far we have come in our mission to eliminate this deadly disease and keep families whole. Highlights from the calls include 828 Model Clubs, an increase of 272 since our last Worldwide Report Day, and 531 more Model Clubs to target by January 2015.
During the calls, each district discussed plans to meet its fundraising goal. What we do in the coming months is critical. Women and babies are counting on us, so we need to put these plans to work and eliminate MNT once and for all.
I appreciate all who called in, the entire team that contributed to these reports and everyone who followed the results on the website. The dedication of our global team of volunteers continues to amaze me. Today, much like the success of the campaign, is truly a team effort. We are one step closer to eliminating MNT. Congratulations to all on our seventh Worldwide Report Day!
Blessed beyond measure,
Chairman Randy DeLay