The Eliminate Project
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
We are most pleased to announce that at its club meeting on September 10, 2012, the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London voted unanimously to become a 100K Club in the Eliminate Project. That is to say, the club has committed to raise $100,000 to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.
As of early 2016, the international campaign has reached its goald of $110 million in receipts and pledges.
Eastern Canada and Caribbean District has surpassed $3.0 million in receipts and pledges, and the district leads the world in 100K Clubs, with sevem clubs that have made this generous commitment. The Kiwanis Club of Forest City - London is a 100K Club.
Important Eliminate Project Links:
Eliminate Project Home Page
Kiwanis International Past President Allan Penn speaks about Eliminate
Kiwanis International Keynote Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis discusses the Eliminate Project at International Convention in Geneva
Dr. John Button, family physician and Kiwanis International President , speaks convincingly about the difference the Eliminate Project will make.