The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined
forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease
steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant
number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating
-- tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme
sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth,
more than 100 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
US$100 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, they are
eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And 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.
If you would like to help, a
mere $1.80 protects and saves the life of a mother and her newborn
children. Individuals may give at any level, but many are purchasing
Walter Zeller Fellowships, each of which requires a donation of $1,250
and saves the lives of 694 babies. Businesses are encouraged to donate
at the $25,000 level, saving the lives of almost 14,000 babies! Any
amount, however, is welcomed. Contact any member of the Martin Kiwanis
Club if you are interested in helping to wipe MNT off the face of the
For more information, visit the Eliminate website www.theeliminateproject.org , or contact any Kiwanian.