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UNICEF announces maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination in half of at-risk countries

Maternal and neonatal tetanus, one of the most deadly diseases a mother and her newborn can face, has been eliminated in more than half of affected countries targeted by UNICEF just 13 years ago. The milestone was announced May 15 at the annual meeting of the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

The announcement follows the World Health Organization's confirmation that Iraq and Cote d' Ivoire eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 31 countries, including Cameroon, China and East Timor. MNT still remains a deadly threat in 28 countries.

With The Eliminate Project, we’re part of the final push to eliminate MNT from the face of the Earth. That will require US$110 million, along with the participation of every Kiwanis-family member and the continuing work of UNICEF. Thank you for your commitment and support. Gifts from you and your club will provide much-needed funds to protect the connection between mothers and babies.

Read the full press release.

Tip: Inspire club members with news that our collective efforts are making a difference and helping eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

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