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© UNICEF/NYHQ2004-1392/Shehzad Noorani Myanmar, 2004. Hteik Hteik Soe, 18, nuzzles her eight-day-old son in Taung Pet Village in the eastern Shan State. The village is a four-hour walk from the nearest town of Kalaw.
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The Eliminate Project

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. 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, 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.

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, together, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. 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.

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The Service Leadership Program Global Service Society recognizes clubs for the per-member average of their contributions with one year (October 1 - September 30.) to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project. Earn a banner patch for your club by raising funds to save or protect millions of women and their babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. Learn how your club can earn a banner patch.

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