The Eliminate Project


With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of 60,000 innocent babies and 30,000 mothers 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 by 2015, 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. 

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MNT, maternal and neonatal tetanus, kills a baby every nine minutes. A vaccine would protect babies and mothers from soilborne tetanus spores that cause the disease. 
What could compare to the joy a family feels when a new baby’s born? Maternal/neonatal tetanus can quickly turn a family’s joy into despair—even death. Four Kiwanis family members traveled to the Philippines to see how Kiwanis and UNICEF can keep joy alive for babies, mothers and their families through The Eliminate Project.
 
Actress and UNICEF ambassador Téa Leoni wants the
world to hear about maternal/neonatal tetanus.
Medical science has long known how to prevent tetanus; so why does it still kill nearly 60,000 babies every year?