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The Philippines is MNT-free!

Dec 01, 2017

Poly LatFellow Kiwanians, I am both honored and humbled to share news with you about The Eliminate Project that impacts me in my nation: The Philippines has become the next country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The Philippines represents the third country to eliminate MNT in 2017, following Ethiopia and Haiti, and the 24th country to achieve elimination since Kiwanis International began The Eliminate Project in partnership with UNICEF.

This feat was not an easy one. In 2015, 16 of the 17 regions of the Philippines had been validated for MNT elimination. However, health workers faced challenges reaching many communities in the last remaining region, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as many are geographically isolated or affected by conflict. Despite the obstacles, mothers and babies in the Philippines are now protected from this terrible disease.

Your support makes accomplishments like this possible. Only 15 countries remain affected by MNT. And, through The Eliminate Project, we will continue to support their efforts until this deadly disease is no longer a threat.

On behalf of my nation, the Philippines, thank you, Kiwanis-family members, for saving lives through The Eliminate Project.

–Poly Lat, 2017-18 Kiwanis International President-elect