Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to ELIMINATE maternal and neo-natal tetanus. This terrible disease causes newborn babies to suffer terribly painful convulsions and leaves them extremely sensitive to light and touch so the mother can’t even comfort her baby! Statistics show this disease kills one baby every nine minutes – almost 60,000 children a year!
With only $1.80 a mother and all her future children can be protected from this disease. Kiwanis and UNICEF have already raised $35 million, eliminating MNT from several countries but still 28 countries remain unvaccinated. With dedication, WE can help eliminate MNT around the world.
MNT stands for maternal and neo-natal tetanus, a type of tetanus that effects mothers and newborn babies. It is a result of tetanus spores, which are present in soil everywhere, enter the bloodstream. This can be caused by a lack of access to sanitary birthing conditions, unclean instruments used to cut the umbilical cord and unclean post-partum cord care. Once the disease is contracted, the fatality rate can be as high as 100 percent in underserved areas.
If a woman is properly vaccinated against tetanus, she will have immunity through most of her childbearing years and babies born to these mothers will be protected through the first several months of life. When women are vaccinated for tetanus and learn about maternal health, they become empowered to take control of their well-being and that of their newborns.
Did you know?
To eliminate MNT, more than 100 million women must be immunized to protect them and their future babies. This comes at a cost of roughly US $240 million. Millions of dollars have already been committed, but a US $110 million funding gap remains. With The Eliminate Project, our goal is to fill this gap by raising US $110 million by 2015. By doing this Kiwanis will become the world's largest single donor in the effort to eliminate MNT.