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March campaign update

Mar 21, 2016

As of February 23, 2016, The Eliminate Project has raised more than US$52.3 million in paid gifts—nearly half of our goal. These funds will help save or protect more than 29 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. That’s almost the population of the entire country of Nepal.

But we need to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 21 countries are depending on Kiwanis to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding, and funding into lifesaving vaccines.

During the last five years, 19 countries have eliminated MNT. And this year, Equatorial Guinea and Niger plan to conduct MNT elimination validation surveys. If successful, these countries could be the next to eliminate this cruel disease.

UNICEF plans to implement additional Tetanus Toxoid Supplemental Immunization Activities (TT SIAs) this year—if funding is available. Here’s a preview of the possibilities:

  • Ethiopia is planning an additional round of TT SIAs in the Somali region, per the recommendations of the MNT elimination validation assessment conducted in December 2015.
  • Indonesia is implementing additional TT SIAs in four districts of the Papua Province, based on recommendations from the MNT elimination assessment conducted in August 2015.
  • Kenya plans to conduct its final round of TT SIAs in 21 districts in May 2016.
  • Mali plans to conduct its third round of TT SIAs in 2016.
  • Nigeria is planning its second round of TT SIAs in March 2016, aiming to reach 2.3 million women in March 2016.
  • Pakistan plans to initiate tetanus immunizations in 12 high-risk districts of Sindh Province (containing 23 percent of the total population) in the second and third quarters of 2016.
  • South Sudan will conduct the final round of TT SIAs in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal states in the first quarter of 2016.
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