With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. The effects of the disease are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
The Georgia District of Key Club International is working hard to assist Kiwanis and UNICEF with eliminating this disease from the face of the planet. The District Board has set Georgia’s fundraising goal at $15,000 for the 2014-2015 Service Year.
The Goal for the Georgia District by the end of the service initiative in September, 2015 is to have raised $50,000.
To reach our goal, we need each member’s individual effort. Each local Key Club is asked to raise $270 – enough money to save the lives of 150 mothers and their future babies.
For less than two dollars – just $1.80 – you can save a life. The Eliminate Project is the epitome of the Kiwanis Family’s mission to change the world through service one child and one community at a time.
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To eliminate MNT from the Earth, 129 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million—and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, together, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. In doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
For more information, visit the Eliminate Project’s website.