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Walter Zeller Fellowship

Maricel Busalin knew something was wrong when her 5-day-old baby girl stopped feeding and began to turn blue. Maricel rushed her daughter to the hospital from her village in the Philippines. The diagnosis: neonatal tetanus. Maricel had given birth at her home with an attendant. The hilot used sterilized scissors to snip the umbilical cord but smeared coconut oil on the cut causing the tetanus infection. Maricel could only watch as her daughter died. “As much as possible I wanted it to be me instead of my child suffering,” she says. The mother of four had not been vaccinated previously because she feared needles too much. Maricel overcame her fear and received three doses of the tetanus toxoid vaccination to protect her future children.

US$1,250 gift
More than 690 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.