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Diamond-Level 4 Walter Zeller Fellowship

Shahnaz Bibi of the Nusrat Town, Sahiwal District, vividly recalls the painful details of losing her newborn child, Shimroz, to tetanus. Shimroz is one of nearly 60,000 newborns who die of neonatal tetanus every year. “I never realized the importance of receiving tetanus toxoid shots during pregnancy until the sad death of Shimroz on the second day after his birth,” recollects Shahnaz. Despite her willingness to go for health care services, her husband and in-laws put restrictions on her movements. Neonatal tetanus remains a major public health problem in Pakistan and contributes to 25 percent of the infant mortality in many areas. Reducing deaths from neonatal tetanus is one of the simplest and most cost-effective means to reduce the neonatal mortality rate.

US$6,250 gift
5-year pledge of US$1,250/year
More than 3,450 lives saved or protected

Gifts made in honor of another include a special postcard to inform the recipient of your generosity in their name. Postcards will be mailed to the recipient if a mailing address is provided.

With governments and partners, UNICEF has established an action plan. Your gift will support:

  • Immunization of women of reproductive age. The vaccines will be administered through three properly spaced rounds of supplemental immunization activities in districts where mothers and newborns have limited access to prenatal care, immunization and skilled birth attendants.
  • Promotion of clean delivery practices. The number of safe and healthy births will increase.
  • Immunization of pregnant women. The tetanus toxoid or tetanus and diphtheria vaccine will be promoted as part of a package of interventions delivered during prenatal care visits or through outreach services.
  • Sustainability through education. Funds will help maintain educational initiatives such as clean birthing practices established during The Eliminate Project.
  • Kiwanian education and organizational enhancement. A small portion of funds raised will help educate the Kiwanis family on maternal and neonatal issues and help create Kiwanis-family service projects that support The Eliminate Project.