Six members of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada recently attended the Kiwanis International convention in New Orleans to join forces with Kiwanis members from around the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This painful disease kills one baby every nine minutes. The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices. The goal of the Eliminate project is to eliminate this swift, painful and highly preventable disease in third world countries by vaccinating women of childbearing age which will protect the mothers and their future babies.
“Meeting Dr. Francois Gasse at the New Orleans convention was such a privilege. He is widely considered one of the leading technical experts in the world on tetanus,” said Melinda Thompson, board member of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. “For $1.80 we can protect a mother and her future babies. Dr. Gasse’s passion for eliminating this easily preventable disease rubbed off on all of us who had the opportunity to hear him speak in New Orleans.”
As the world’s largest single donor, Kiwanis International is raising $110 million by 2015 for the Eliminate Project, which will ultimately protect at least 61 million women and their future babies who are at risk of this deadly disease.
The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the youth groups sponsored by the Club (the Key Clubs at La Cañada High School and Flintridge Prep, and the seventh and eighth grade Builder’s Club at La Cañada High School) are also participating in the fundraising campaign.
For more information about The Eliminate Project, please visit www.TheEliminateProject.org.
The funding supports UNICEF and its partners that have already eliminated MNT in 20 countries. With Kiwanis’ global volunteer network and 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.