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.
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.
In 2010, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. This historic initiative, called The Eliminate Project, is protecting the lives of babies and mothers all over the globe and aims to put an end to a cruel, centuries-old disease.
I don’t know what I really expected from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF field visit to Ghana, but whatever those expectations were, they were exceeded! For me, the visit was all about the people – people whose lives are very different than mine, but who feel like brothers and sisters to me.
Here are the things I will remember about my brothers and sisters in Ghana –
For children, 2015 was the worst of times and the best of times—to paraphrase Charles Dickens. This holiday season, we invite you to join the U.S. Fund for UNICEF as we reflect on how the world’s children have fared this year.
2015 was one of the most challenging years for children in a long time. Here are three reasons why.
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.