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 $10,000 for the 2012-2013 Service Year.
To reach our goal, we need each member’s individual effort. That is why we have set a member goal at $1.80. With approximately 6,000 members in the state of Georgia, we could raise a little over our district goal of $10,000. Knowing that every member cannot or will not donate to this cause, we ask that you strive to surpass the goal to help us save the lives of children across the world.
For less than two dollars, 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.