Caryl Stern is the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
A momentous journey is beginning.
Tetanus, a preventable disease, has plagued mothers and their newborns throughout history. But today we are taking a huge step towards making it history.
That's right. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), which takes the lives of 30,000 mothers and 60,000 babies every year, is in retreat. And together Kiwanis International and UNICEF have committed to chase it from the face of the earth.
|A young woman receives a tetanus vaccination in Bangladesh.|
The Eliminate Project combines two great forces: Kiwanis' strength in being able to reach out to communities and leaders, and UNICEF's experience and extensive supply chain. Together, we will make MNT history by protecting the 129 million most at-risk mothers against an agonizing disease that is 100 percent fatal if not treated and 100 percent preventable with our diligence.
Thank you so much Kiwanis for taking on this historic and lifesaving project! We worked with you before to bring about one of the most successful global health initiatives in the world - virtual elimination of iodine deficiency disease ... and we will be partners again in this historic initiative. Together we will eliminate MNT and in doing so, shine a light on the world's most underserved communities and their unnecessary suffering.