The Eliminate Project is the effort by Kiwanis International to rid the world of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. Kiwanis has agreed to raise $110 million during a multi-year project to be conducted with UNICEF.
To eliminate MNT, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized.
MNT killed 59,000 newborns in 2008 alone. Once the disease is contracted the fatality rate can be as high as 100 percent without hospital care, and 10 to 60 percent with hospital care.
The task at hand is large but achievable. When the World Health Assembly first called for elimination of neonatal tetanus in 1989, there were 57 countries that were faced with the disease. By November 2011, the number of countries were MNT was a problem had been reduced to 38; it now stands at 21.
More than $100 million has been raised so far.
More information is available on the Kiwanis International web site.
You can see what New York Kiwanians are doing to support the project.
Clubs are able to show their support for the Eliminate Project by pledging at various levels.
The following clubs have agreed to be 100K clubs, donating a total of $100,000:
- Chinatown, New York City
- Fordham, Bronx
The following club has agreed to be a Platinum Club, requiring a donation of an average of $1,500 per member:
- All Island
The following clubs have agreed to be Model Clubs, requiring a donation of an average of $750 per member:
- East Greenbush
- East Yonkers
- Middle Village
- North Central Staten Island
- Sand Lake
- Three Village-Brookhaven
Eliminate Project District Advocates