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Saving lives and changing outcomes

Mar 10, 2017
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Ted Coons of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, Ohio, is a strong advocate for The Eliminate Project and was a member of the Lead and Major Gift Committee. He and his wife, Lynn, are Lead Gift donors. He has held almost every role possible in the Ohio district including Governor from 1997-1998.
 
In February, Ted joined Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson and UNICEF on a trip to Tanzania to see first-hand how The Eliminate Project is making a difference in the lives of mothers and babies. 

Tanzania eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2012 and Ted’s observations point out how effective The Eliminate Project has been in first eliminating and then sustaining protection against the disease. For Ted, the world-changing work of Kiwanis has opened the doors of opportunity for the people of this east African nation.  

“I was honored and humbled by the opportunity to see how The Eliminate Project has helped to create a strong, robust health system throughout Tanzania. Tetanus immunizations are a part of the routine immunization schedule for all women – just like it is here in the U.S. And that is amazing progress! 

“You quickly learn that there are many, many challenges to be overcome, but that The Eliminate Project project is saving lives and changing outcomes. Mothers and their children are healthier from birth and therefore have many, many more opportunities going forward.

“The UNICEF staff in Tanzania are all wonderful, amazing, and dedicated individuals from all over the world. The total UNICEF staff in country numbers 120 employees and they are engaged directly and personally with the federal, regional, and local governments throughout the country. 

“During our trip we were able to witness how each of the UNICEF staff are able to make positive contributions to improving the lives of children throughout the country by tackling some of the biggest problems in the hardest to reach areas first.”