The Eliminate Project
Through The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus - a deadly disease that steals the lives of 34,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. We did it! We reached our fundraising goal, raising US$110 million in cash and pledges since 2010. However, our job is not done yet. Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started.
Mothers and babies in 15 countries are depending on Kiwanis. They are waiting for us to fulfill our pledges so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families. Kiwanis offers a special thank you to our dedicated campaign volunteers and donors for their passionate and generous efforts to save and protect mothers and babies.
In 2017 Ethiopia, Haiti and Philippines were certified by the World Health Organization as being tetanus free (less than 1 death per 1,000 newborns). Among the 15 remaining nations, 4 are currently in the certification process.
Our club has not yet fulfilled its pledge as a Model Club with about $38,000 still to be given for the project. Gifts of all amounts are welcome and appreciated, with several recognition levels available for gifts devoted to this project. We have just received notification of our having attained 100K Club status for having donated over $100,000 for the campaign. But our $116,500 contributions leave $38,000 remaining for our Model Club pledge. Our club president Elaine Kay has set a goal of completing the pledge by the end of this Kiwanis year, September 30, 2018.
Contact Vic Legerton if you would like more information about this, our second successful Global Campaign for Children. Our Iodine Deficiency Disorders campaign to iodize salt factories globally and thus reduce or eliminate goiters, mental retardation and other preventable disorders was hailed as a defining health initiative of the 20th century. You can be a part of the solution with our Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus eradication as it nears its remarkable conclusion.
Please take 4 minutes to watch this video to learn the impact of our joint effort with UNICEF.
Further status and resources are available at The Eliminate Project website.