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Jan 12, 2017
Kiwanians to witness immunization efforts in Tanzania

Ted Coons, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, Ohio, will join UNICEF and Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson on a site visit to Tanzania later this month. The East African country eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2012. 

While the fear of this deadly disease is gone, the delegation will witness sustainability and education efforts to ensure Tanzania remains free from the disease. In addition to his generous support of The Eliminate Project, Ted is a philatelist--a stamp collector--whose hobby led him to a unique connection with UNICEF. Read more about Ted’s motivation to support The Eliminate Project and what excites him about the trip.

Why are you motivated to protect moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus? 
Protecting moms and babies is a critical place to start. If women of child bearing age receive tetanus immunizations, we can reduce infant mortality. And more mothers will survive the birthing experience, allowing them to help raise and teach their children.

What do you hope to bring back? 
Memories and a greater understanding of the challenges that we, as a world, face in resolving public health issues.

What does The Eliminate Project mean to Kiwanis? 
The Eliminate Project is the second worldwide service project that I’ve had an opportunity to participate in. In the world today, Kiwanians have a responsibility to both build strong local communities as well as engage in global service projects.

What is a fun fact that you would like people to know about you? 
I’m a stamp collector, and my most important collection is United Nations' stamps. The reason I selected UN stamps is that they were first issued in the year in which I was born.