Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to save the lives ofbabies and their mothers by eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus (MNT), adisease that kills an estimated 60,000 newborns and 30,000 mothers each year.MNT is easily prevented by a series of three vaccinations to women ofchildbearing age, costing roughly US$1.80.
A new campaign was announced at the 95th Annual Kiwanis InternationalConvention. The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonataltetanus will raise US$110 million over the next five years to fill thefunding gap required to provide an estimated 387 million doses of thevaccine. Actor and UNICEF Ambassador Tea Leoni made the announcement at the95th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas. The EliminateProject will deliver life saving vaccines to the most vulnerable women andchildren in the world: those in remote and difficult to reach areas; conflictzones; and with little access to healthcare. The disease kills one baby everynine minutes. Its effects are excruciating-tiny newborns suffer repeated,painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. Not only willThe Eliminate Project protect women and babies from tetanus, the project alsowill create a path for other services, such as clean water, nutrition andother vaccines, to reach the world's most vulnerable people.
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