A delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has just returned from an April visit to Haiti for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. They were able to observe UNICEF’s prenatal health care, immunizations and education programs.
Nearly 50 percent of tetanus cases in the Caribbean occur in Haiti
. The island country carried out a nationwide campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus in April, aiming to immunize nearly 1.5 million women of reproductive age during the first round of the second phase of vaccinations. Countries like Haiti sometimes have to conduct the three rounds of tetanus immunizations in different phases, due to geographic access and availability of financial resources.
The Kiwanis delegation included Kiwanis International Foundation President Lance Incitti and his wife Ruth Incitti, of the New Jersey District, and District Coordinator Sue Fleschner, of the Kentucky-Tennessee District. See photos of the site visit
on Facebook and read more about their experiences on The Eliminate Project blog