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Vaccination spares women, babies from tetanus—another country eliminates MNT

Jul 15, 2014
MNT success in Madagascar!
UNICEF and its global partners continue the march to save women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus, thanks in part to the efforts of Kiwanis members. In June, the World Health Organization declared Madagascar free of maternal and neonatal tetanus, based on a validation survey.
 
Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser and a Kiwanis delegation saw the progress first-hand during a site visit to Madagascar last fall for The Eliminate Project.
 
“It gives me much joy knowing the families I met while in Madagascar will not have to suffer the terrible fate of MNT,” said Gasser. “I speak often about a little Malagasy girl that I met. She giggled the entire time we played a clapping game together. Her mother went to great lengths to make sure the little girl was protected from tetanus. I have much pride in the work of Kiwanis International knowing that girl will not have to watch family members or friends deal with the sadness and grief caused by MNT.”
 
Hear more about what Gasser and his wife, Christiana, experienced on the trip in their Madagascar video.
 
Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 35 countries, including, most recently, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Every gift from you and your club to The Eliminate Project will protect the connection between mothers and babies. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently needed funds can be used in the 24 countries where the disease still threatens.