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.
The Thirst Project sets out to “build a socially-conscious generation of young people who end the global water crisis”. The New York District Key Club now donates money to The Thirst Project in order to build water projects around the world, bringing clean water to impoverished countries. The clean water reduces the risk of waterborne diseases, and is a matter of life-or-death for people living in third-world countries. The diseases harm children the most, since children have far weaker immune systems than adults do, so building water pumps in their neighborhoods helps us reach the Key Club International goal of helping children.