When dirt can hurt

Jun 03, 2011

Hand with Dirt 

photo credit: RJL20 photo licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0



By: Angela Evans

In industrialized nations, most of us think of dirt and cleanliness in a different way than people do in many other parts of the world.

We build barriers against dirt¬—in homes, schools, roads, sidewalks, bridges and elsewhere—to keep our feet and hands free of the mess. But in many parts of the world, shoes, wooden planks and concrete are not possibilities.

“Over here,” mothers buy antibacterial hand gel by the dozen. “Over there,” mothers give birth while lying on the ground or being assisted with unclean utensils. In “our” world, dirt is the amusing little nuisance in a laundry-detergent commercial where the resourceful mom becomes the hero. In “their” world, dirt harbors a killer that picks on mothers and midwives who don’t have healthcare knowledge—and it attacks defenseless newborns.

On average, US$1.80 per mother can protect a woman and her babies against maternal and neonatal tetanus. And we can eliminate the distinction between “their” world and “our” world, focusing instead on one world—a world free of MNT and full of children's laughter and hope.

Learn about MNT and find out how you can help at www.TheEliminateProject.org.



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