Kiwanis Club of Paulding County Joins Fight to Save Lives of Children Around the World
Raising awareness for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus
The Kiwanis Club of Paulding County is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every eleven minutes, or about 134 newborns each day.
Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save or protect millions of mothers and newborns. 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, protecting them and their future babies. "The Kiwanis Club of Paulding County is proud to participate in this world-wide life saving program," said Kiwanis Club of Paulding County President Phyllis Silverman.
Kiwanis International is raising US$110 million, which will ultimately protect more than 61 million women and their future babies and make Kiwanis the world’s largest single donor to MNT elimination efforts.
The funding supports UNICEF and its partners who have already eliminated MNT in 38 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 where healthcare is limited—and wipe out this cruel, centuries-old disease.
“For US$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 need the support of our local clubs to eliminate MNT, and with their participation, our ambitious goal is achievable.”
The Eliminate Project will also help create a path for other services, such as health education, clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.
Visit www.TheEliminateProject.org for more information.