Good News for Moms and Babies: the Philippines Has Eliminated MNT

On November 29, the Philippines became the 44th country since the year 1999 to officially eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This announcement leaves just 15 countries around the world still facing the threat of MNT, an excruciating and often fatal disease that affects mothers and newborns, usually through unhygienic childbirth and umbilical cord care practices.

Ethiopia Scores Huge Health Win for Mothers and Babies

Ethiopia just became the 42nd country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus since 2000.

This achievement marks another milestone in the global campaign to end this cruel disease, which is almost always fatal in infants. Health officials validated Ethiopia's new status following a comprehensive review of community health programs and practices and survey data indicating that women and children are no longer at risk.

Americans Who Never Forget: Life Without Vaccines

It was 58 years ago when measles crash-landed into Emmi Herman's childhood, putting her 9-year-old sister into a coma and destroying her chances at a full life. Her sister's measles turned into measles encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, a complication that occurs in roughly one in 1,000 cases. It left her with a permanent brain injury and long-term physical and emotional difficulties.

How to Save 1.5 Million Lives a Year? Vaccinate the World's Children!

In their annual open letter, Bill and Melinda Gates argue that immunization — and supporting the efforts of UNICEF, the world's largest procurer of vaccines — offers one of the greatest returns on investment.

 

It's what UNICEF and partners have been striving toward for decades: a world where all children, everywhere are fully protected against measles and polio and every other preventable disease. 

Blog from the Field: Kite String Connects Us All

In a rowdy, boisterous celebration of what it means to look out for each other, a group of villagers in the Luang Prabang province of Laos taught us that we are all connected by kite string. The lesson started as a group of Kiwanians and UNICEF officials visited Laos to see firsthand how the joint project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus was progressing. 

Bread and Soup for The Eliminate Project

Recently a team of U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Kiwanis Club members and I attended the annual “Bread and Soup” luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Fordham, Bronx. The "Bread and Soup Luncheon” is hosted by the club at Fordham University every year during Lent. Each year the Kiwanis members invite a non-profit organization to speak about its efforts to help alleviate poverty. This year the focus was on The Eliminate Project, a joint effort by Kiwanis and UNICEF, and the work to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

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