The goal is lofty. The need is great. And the answer lies in US$1.80—the same people spend on a cup of coffee, several postage stamps, a loaf of bread or the Sunday newspaper.
That $1.80 can be used to immunize women of childbearing age, protecting her and her future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus, a deadly disease that is still claiming millions of lives in developing countries. The group has partnered with UNICEF to raise a total of $110 million by 2015 to save or protect millions of women and their future babies in 25 developing countries.
So far, Kiwanis members from all over the world—including Japan, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, the United States and the Netherlands—have donated nearly US$44 million to the project—leaving about US$66 million to raise by 2015. They’re urging other people to join in helping them reach this historic health goal.
“This doesn’t need to happen”
Kiwanis volunteers who have visited developing countries in Africa and Southern and East Asia, say babies afflicted with tetanus suffer excruciating pain. And the deadliness of the disease—which kills 160 babies each day—is a horrific experience for their mothers.
John Mayfield of Ashland City, Ohio, told the Cleveland Daily Banner
that a mother can only sit by while watching her child die. Death typically comes within six to 10 days for a baby exposed to tetanus. “This doesn’t need to happen,” says Mayfield, who toured health clinics in Sierra Leone. “There is a solution.” Gus Lamond, who recently traveled to Madagascar
where women were receiving the immunizations, says the importance of The Eliminate Project can’t be underestimated. These simple vaccinations can save the lives of children who may be tomorrow’s leaders, he says.
Here’s how you can help
Donating to this important, lifesaving cause is simple. Whether you want to make a one-time gift or give in installments, go to The Eliminate Project website
for more information and to make an online contribution. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently needed funds can be used to protect moms and babies. Regularly view The Eliminate Project’s progress by checking out the Elimination Progress Dashboard
Together, all of us can defeat maternal and neonatal tetanus—protecting the lives of women and their babies all over the world. Make your gift now.