What is the Eliminate Project?
The Eliminate Project is an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease which used to kill one infant every 9 minutes,but with the dedicated help of UNICEF and Kiwanis' clubs,that time has been reduced to 11 minutes.
With 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$110 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.
What are we doing?
Annually, we set aside one week during the year to focus on raising awareness of MNT. During "Eliminate Week," Key Clubbers around the world are hosting fundraisers to purchase the proper necessities to eliminate MNT. You can contribute via donations,ideas for fundraisers or even do your own private fundraisers for the cause!
How to get started
Don't know where to start? Here's a step-by-step guide.