The Kiwanis Club of Union City is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate material and neonatal tetanus, a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or about 160 newborns each day.
The Union City club has secured about $2,300 toward its goal of raising $14,500 by 2015 for The Eliminate Project.
“It’s both humbling and inspiring to know that we have the ability to impact our world from right here in Obion County,” said John Fry, club president and Eliminate Committee chairman. “$1.80 is all it takes to save one life. Who can’t afford to make that kind of impact?”
The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save or protect millions of women and babies. The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices. The goal of the project is to eliminate this swift, painful and highly preventable disease by immunizing women of childbearing age, which will now only protect the mothers, but also their future babies.
Kiwanis International is raising $110 million by 2015 for the project, which will ultimately protect more than 61 million women and their future babies, and make Kiwanis the world’s largest single donor to MNT to eliminate efforts.
The funding supports UNICEF and its partners who have already eliminated MNT in 29 countries. With Kiwanis’ global volunteer network, along with UNICEF’s field staff and technical expertise, The Eliminate Project will serve those who live in some of the most remote and underserved areas of developing countries where healthcare is limited — and wipe out this cruel, centuries-old disease.
“For $1.80 we can protect a woman and her future babies from this deadly but preventable disease,” said Stan Soderstrom, executive director of Kiwanis International. “We can only do this with the support from our local clubs, and with their participation, we will eliminate MNT.”
The Eliminate Project will do more than protect women and babies from tetanus; it also will help create a path for additional services, such as health education, clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.
For more information about The Eliminate Project, visit www.TheEliminateProject.org.
About The Eliminate Project
The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, will save or protect millions of women and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes and a significant number of women each year, by immunizing women of childbearing age. UNICEF and its partners have already eliminated MNT in 29 countries, and Kiwanis’ pledge to raise $110 million will help fund the elimination of the diseases in the 30 countries that remain at risk.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs — including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for student age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities — dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. For more information about Kiwanis International, visit www.kiwanis.org.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit www.unicef.org. For U.S. residents, visit www.unicefusa.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.31.13