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What to share: Updates from the field

Kiwanis International and UNICEF are achieving amazing things through The Eliminate Project. As you may recall, infant mortality rates have dropped significantly—25 fewer babies die each day—since we joined the global fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). And, 19 countries have achieved MNT-free status.

The continued generosity of Kiwanis members and clubs around the world is also paving the way for UNICEF to implement immunization activities and education campaigns in the 21 countries still at risk of MNT. Here is a sneak peek of how our dollars will help UNICEF transform some of those countries:

Equatorial Guinea recently underwent a validation survey. Ethiopia is conducting a validation survey this month in the Somali region, the last region in the country which has not yet eliminated MNT.. Niger will soon undergo a validation survey, too!. That means we could celebrate three more victories over MNT in the next few months, bringing the number of at-risk countries to less than 20.

• Two countries—Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—will conduct pre-validation assessments, the next-to-last step to determine if they have eliminated MNT. If successful, these countries will move to the final step, the validation survey, with the World Health Organization.

• In total, 14 countries (including those listed above) could possibly achieve MNT-free status by the end of 2017, provided funding is available.

It is exciting to see the progress being made in the fight to eliminate MNT. Yet, this progress can only continue if funding is available. Pledges help UNICEF plan activities while cash gifts ensure UNICEF can carry out campaigns.

Help us end 2015 with the best fundraising month yet. Remind your club to send in outstanding donations. Considering a contribution to save lives? Give today.

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