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Eliminating tetanus: updates from the field

Nov 22, 2016
Mother and child in Senegal
When your goal is to change the world, every penny counts. With The Eliminate Project, funds raised by the Kiwanis family will help UNICEF implement immunization activities in some of the most remote areas of the word. In Ethiopia, for example, the effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus reached more than 460,000 women in October.
 
It’s great to see dollars turned into action. Through October 23, The Eliminate Project had raised nearly US$69 million in paid gifts. You can see the result below: The Tetanus Toxoid Supplemental Immunization Activities (TT SIAs) updates show the work made possible by generous donors like Kiwanis.

  • Equatorial Guinea completed the MNT elimination validation survey in July and is currently awaiting official results. The validation survey is the final step in determining whether a country has eliminated MNT.
  • Pakistan will conduct a third round of TT SIAs in high-risk districts of Sindh Province (23 percent of the population), hoping to reach nearly 3 million women in November 2016.
  • The Philippines is conducting TT SIAs in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, in an effort to reach 300,000 women.
  • Sudan has rescheduled its TT campaigns, which should reach 3 million women in 76 districts to November 2016.
  • Yemen is planning to start the first phase of TT SIAs in December 2016, reaching more than 530,000 women in 46 high and intermediate risk districts.
Let’s keep up the great work so we can achieve our goal: a world free of MNT. Read more updates here.