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Fewer babies die from tetanus

Nov 10, 2014
The Eliminate Project
Fewer babies are dying from neonatal tetanus thanks to Kiwanis International, UNICEF and its partners. Today, approximately 9,000 fewer babies die each year—25 fewer each day—from neonatal tetanus, according to a new report published by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group. From 2010 to 2013 alone, the mortality rate dropped more than 15 percent.

“It’s not a coincidence that the drop occurs during the same timeframe Kiwanis assumed a leadership role in helping to close a funding gap that was preventing our ability to immunize mothers,” says Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Rownak Khan, M.D., has seen Kiwanis members’ impact. “I am of course professionally and personally thrilled that our work continues to have such a demonstrable impact on the lives of newborns, mothers and families around the world,” says Khan, who is the senior health specialist for UNICEF and the team lead of UNICEF’s MNT elimination program. “We are deeply appreciative to the partners in the MNT Elimination Initiative—like Kiwanis International—who continue to provide urgently-needed resources to fund elimination efforts, especially in the most resource-poor settings. Thank you, Kiwanis, for continuing your work through The Eliminate Project to help eliminate MNT from the world.”

The Kiwanis family is a catalyst to reduce infant mortality, but we are not done. Approximately 134 newborns still die every day from tetanus. Millions of women and babies in 24 countries still need our support.

“Although we have much to celebrate, we must not rest on our successes,” says Randy DeLay, campaign chairman for The Eliminate Project. “Our wonderful partners at UNICEF continue to carry out immunization activities. The faster they receive our contributions, the faster those urgently-needed funds can be used.”

Help the Kiwanis family make our promise a reality. Together, let’s eliminate this terrible disease—so that no mother has to worry about losing her baby to tetanus. Give today.