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.

News and Updates

We are pleased to announce that the estimated number of babies who die every year from tetanus dropped from 58,000 in 2010 to 34,000 in 2015! This means that today, there are 66 less babies dying every day from tetanus than there were just a few years ago. And for the first time ever, it is estimated that less than 100 newborns die from tetanus every day.

The Lancet recently published a report containing the new neonatal tetanus mortality figure as of 2015, which notes that the pace of reduction of child mortality due to neonatal tetanus has seen “tremendous progress". 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, the fact that 34,000 babies still die from a completely preventable disease like tetanus remains an outrage and is intolerable.  We won't stop our work to provide UNICEF and partners the required resources to reach the most underserved communities and protect every woman, every baby and every family against tetanus, until the day that we reach global maternal and neonatal elimination.