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Impact 175

Ajok Madut has given birth seven times, but only three of her children are alive. Each time Ajok gave birth she was at home—a small hut—by herself. Before giving birth, she would place a blanket down on the floor. Once the baby arrived she cut the umbilical cord herself with a razor blade. People of all ages can get tetanus, but it’s particularly serious for newborn babies and women who have no choice but to give birth in unclean environments—women like Ajok. Reaching women like Ajok in remote communities is vital to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.


Ajok Madut




US$300 gift
More than 175 lives saved or protected


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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.