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Witnessing progress in Lao PDR

Dec 05, 2014
MNT progress has inspired more change for the better in Lao PDR.

A delegation from Kiwanis International recently returned from Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), where they met with local volunteers and medical experts, visited schools and observed health services, including UNICEF-led vaccination campaigns.

In December 2013, the World Health Organization announced that Lao PDR had successfully eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, sparing more mothers the fear of losing their future newborns to the deadly disease.

The country has come a long way since 2001, when it had one of the world's highest neonatal tetanus rates. Today, Lao PDR continues to improve socioeconomic conditions and increase coverage of immunizations. The group witnessed firsthand how The Eliminate Project is paving the way for future growth. Check out their photos and read about the trip. Then give today and help the efforts to eliminate MNT in more countries.