The Eliminate Project

In 2010, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. This historic initiative, called The Eliminate Project, will protect the lives of babies and mothers all over the globe and aims to help put an end to this cruel, centuries-old disease. It will also help pave the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services, such as clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is actively raising urgently needed funds for global MNT elimination program alongside our partners at Kiwanis International. In total, The Eliminate Project will raise $110 million.

You can help. Support The Eliminate Project, our historic partnership with Kiwanis International, and do your part to rid the world of MNT by 2015.

News and Updates

October 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the estimated number of babies who die every year from tetanus dropped from 58,000 in 2010 to 49,000 in 2013! This means that today, there are 25 less babies dying every day from tetanus than there were just a few years ago.

The Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group recently published a report containing the new neonatal tetanus mortality figure as of 2013, which notes that in the past 13 years “major progress has been made” for neonatal tetanus elimination. This is due to the effectiveness of UNICEF’s strategy of reaching women of reproductive age with tetanus vaccine and aided by the significant improvement in women’s access to clean delivery in many countries, as well as the hard work from UNICEF’s partners and supporters.

This is a moment to celebrate the achievements made since 2000. While we’ve reached a significant milestone, we won’t stop our work until the day that we reach global maternal and neonatal elimination.