Earlier this month, the World Health Organization finished validation surveys in Sierra Leone and Gabon, and confirmed both countries have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Since Kiwanis joined global efforts in 2011, 13 countries have eliminated MNT, including Cote d' Ivoire, Iraq, Cameroon and China.
“We extend our continued and sincere thanks to every Kiwanis International member, whose work and determination is bringing us closer to the day when ZERO mothers and babies die from tetanus,” says Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Thanks to the passion of Kiwanis, we will continue this march of progress, even in the most challenging and hard-to-reach places.”
In total, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated MNT in 33 countries since 1999. MNT still remains a deadly threat in 26 countries.
“Kiwanians, your efforts are making an enormous difference and dramatically increasing the pace of elimination,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay. “With the end of this disease in sight, now is the time to do even more and ensure that babies no longer die from a disease that we can help prevent.”
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis is 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 and Kiwanis-family member and the continuing work of UNICEF.
Gifts from you and your club will provide much-needed funds to protect the connection between mothers and babies. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently-needed funds can be used in the 26 countries where MNT is still a threat.
Thank you for your commitment and support.
Tip: Thank club members for their contributions and inspire them with this great news that our collective efforts are making a difference for women and babies around the world.