Kiwanis members see The Eliminate Project in action

Apr 08, 2014

Eight Kiwanis members, including Kiwanis International Foundation President Lance Incitti and his wife Ruth, recently saw UNICEF in action during two special trips for The Eliminate Project.

Lance and Ruth (New Jersey District) along with The Eliminate Project District Coordinator Sue Fleschner (Kentucky-Tennessee District) are returning today after spending four days observing UNICEF-led immunization efforts in Haiti.

Nearly 50 percent of tetanus cases in the Caribbean occur in Haiti. The island country is currently carrying out a nationwide campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus, aiming to immunize nearly 1.5 million women of reproductive age.

The second delegation from Kiwanis International traveled to Kenya toward the end of March (25-29) and witnessed UNICEF’s prenatal health care, immunizations and education programs. On their first day, the delegation visited a small health facility located more than 70 kilometers from the nearest hospital. Some women walked more than eight hours to  receive vaccinations.

Located in the Eastern and Southern Region of Africa, Kenya is one of only two countries in the area (the other is Madagascar) that has yet to achieve maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination.

You can see incredible photos from Haiti and Kenya as well as read about the life-changing experiences on The Eliminate Project blog.