• Celebrating partial validations

    Since the start of The Eliminate Project in 2010, 25 countries have been validated for eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Validation means that in every district of that country there is fewer than one case of neonatal tetanus out of 1,000 live births. The final step in a country’s journey toward that happy moment is the validation survey. 

    In some cases, however, it’s more effective for regions of a country to be validated one by one. Each of these is called a “partial validation.”  

    And each one is worth celebrating. 

    For example, Nigeria’s South East Zone and Pakistan’s Punjab Province are each MNT-free — and each of those partial validations were major landmarks because those areas consist of 12 percent and 23 percent of their nations’ populations respectively.  

    Our most recent cause for celebration came with the elimination of MNT in the southern part of ...

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  • Keeping up the fight against MNT

    As our new year continues, so does our fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus. If adequate funding is available in 2019, we anticipate seeing the following countries complete immunization activities and prepare for pre-validation and validation surveys (the final steps to becoming MNT-free): 

    • Chad, a landlocked African nation of 14.5 million people, is one of the poorest in the world. Their validation survey is scheduled for January and February 2019.
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo is largely afflicted by armed conflict, and many of its children face a lack of basic health, nutrition and educational services. Their validation survey is scheduled for July 2019, along with a review of insecure areas.
    • Mali is beset with violence and much of its ...

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  • Our 2018 highlights

    2018 was an important year in the fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanians worked hard to fulfill their pledges and are protecting more mothers and babies from this tragic disease. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

    Kenya eliminates MNT

    Mothers in Kenya no longer fear their babies dying of tetanus. In July, Kenya officially became the 25th country to eliminate MNT since Kiwanis International partnered with UNICEF USA in 2010. There are 14 countries where babies still face the threat of this painful and deadly — yet preventable — disease.

    Hear Rose Nijraini, UNICEF community health specialist in Kenya, describe the value of Kiwanis’ work against MNT in this video.

    Successful MNT Challenge

    During the 103rd Kiwanis ...

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  • The Eliminate Project: A Kiwanis-family effort

    Every fall, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF reminds us that The Eliminate Project is a family effort. Since day one, members of Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs— who range in age from K-Kids to adults with disabilities in Aktion Club — have supported The Eliminate Project. 

    In fact, SLP clubs and members have raised US$6,607,718.74 in paid donations by hosting creative fundraisers, participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and educating communities about maternal and neonatal tetanus. In the 2017-18 Kiwanis year alone, Kiwanis family members of all ages and abilities helped raise $377,452 through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

    Key Club International has been a particularly strong part of the program. From 2012 to 2015, Key Club clubs and members raised US$2,823,665.16 through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ...

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  • Germany fulfills its pledge to The Eliminate Project!

    Congratulations, Germany!  The district has fulfilled its pledge to The Eliminate Project, becoming the second district to reach this milestone.

    Germany submitted its final payment toward its US$843,085 pledge in October.

    How did the district do it? Dr. Julio Srulijes, Kiwanis Children’s Fund ambassador and district chair, said the key was having the right volunteers in place. He credited The Eliminate Project advocate Stefan Uhrig for inspiring the district and laying the groundwork.

    "Being part of this great campaign on such a level was a great honor for me," Uhrig said. "I am so grateful to my predecessors and all German Kiwanis who participated in The Eliminate Project, especially the many legacy clubs!"

    Like many districts, Germany’s clubs held fundraisers ...

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  • Kenya eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

    DSC_0452Mothers in Kenya will no longer fear their babies dying of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kenya is to become the 25th country to eliminate MNT since Kiwanis International partnered with UNICEF USA in 2010 to fight the deadly disease. 

    Soon, the country will receive a certificate from the World Health Organization stating it is free of MNT. That means there are only 14 countries where babies still face the threat of dying from this painful and often fatal disease. 

    In 2014, Kiwanis International and UNICEF USA sent a delegation to Kenya to witness UNICEF’s immunization efforts. During the visit, they visited with women who were waiting to be vaccinated and toured a sub-country hospital where they learned about the educational work being done. 

    But a baby still dies of MNT every 15 minutes, ...

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  • Why these donors want you to take on the MNT Challenge


    Kiwanians accepted the challenge! More than US$170,000 was donated during the 103rd Kiwanis Convention to fight maternal and neonatal tetanus, far surpassing the goal of raising US$100,000 for the MNT Challenge.   

    And there is more great news: We have unlocked an additional US$100,000 from our group of generous donors. 

    We'll keep raising money for the MNT Challenge until we reach US$200,000. That means US$400,000 will go toward saving and protecting the lives thousands of babies who might otherwise perish from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
    Are you ready to accept their challenge? Go to kiwanis.org/MNTchallenge to give online or text MNTChallenge to 50155 to give by phone.


    They are committed philanthropists and dedicated volunteers. But what unites them even more is their desire to ...

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  • New Eliminate Project resource for clubs that have fulfilled pledge

    When your club fulfills its pledge to The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis Children's Fund can help promote your accomplishment to your community. The communications team has written a news release that your club can customize after it has successfully completed its pledge. 

    The news release explains what maternal and neonatal tetanus is, why Kiwanis is committed to fighting it and how your club was involved in the project. You can personalize it to describe how your club raised money, as well as showcase ways your club supports children in your community.  

    Please email childrensfund@kiwanis.org after you have sent your clubs final gift payment. You will then receive a copy of the news release. 

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  • Celebrate Mother's Day by saving lives

    Make a mother’s love a force for change this Mother’s Day. Give or fulfill a pledge to The Eliminate Project and receive a Mother’s Day Zeller Fellowship. You can make your gift in the name of your mother — or any woman who has been an inspiration.

    A gift of US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project is honored by the Kiwanis Children's Fund with a Walter Zeller Fellowship. By making a gift in that amount, you save or protect hundreds of lives from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    With the Mother’s Day Zeller Fellowship, you can protect mothers and babies while celebrating a woman in your life. If you donate US$1,250 in full by May 13, you or the person you are ...

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  • The Philippines is MNT-free!

    Poly LatFellow Kiwanians, I am both honored and humbled to share news with you about The Eliminate Project that impacts me in my nation: The Philippines has become the next country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The Philippines represents the third country to eliminate MNT in 2017, following Ethiopia and Haiti, and the 24th country to achieve elimination since Kiwanis International began The Eliminate Project in partnership with UNICEF.

    This feat was not an easy one. In 2015, 16 of the 17 regions of the Philippines had been validated for MNT elimination. However, health workers faced challenges reaching many communities in the last remaining region, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as many are geographically isolated or affected by conflict. ...

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