The Kiwanis Club of McKinney is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or 160 newborns each day.
The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save and protect the lives of millions of mothers and their future babies. The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices. The goal of the project is to eliminate this swift, painful and highly preventable disease by vaccinating women of childbearing age, which will not only protect the mothers, but also their future babies.
“As with all service clubs, the help we give to needy children does not stop with the local community. Children worldwide is the focus of Kiwanis members across the globe and anything we can do to help, will be done by this club, said Joe Sparling, McKinney Kiwanis President.”
As the world’s largest single donor, Kiwanis International is raising US$110 million by 2015 for the project, which will ultimately protect at least 61 million women and their future babies who are at risk of this deadly disease. The McKinney Kiwanis Club is collecting donations from their members is an attempt to raise $40,000 by 2015. If you want to help, please contact Dennis Williams at 972-562-7219.
The funding supports UNICEF and its partners who have already eliminated MNT in 20 countries. With Kiwanis’ global volunteer network, along with UNICEF’s field staff and technical expertise, The Eliminate Project will serve those who live in developing countries where healthcare is limited—and wipe out this cruel, centuries-old disease.