On December 8, 2013, Kiwanis clubs in the Greater Albuquerque are conducting a community "Pancake Breakfast" fundraiser for The Eliminate Project. Funds from ticket sales, additional donations, and business sponsorships are dedicated to providing tetanus vaccines in third world and developing nations where thousands of babies and their mothers die every year from a disease that can be prevented for literally pennies. Nine dollars saves the lives of five mothers and all the babies they ever have!
We are expanding the impact of this event by providing an online opportunity for people to participate on a worldwide basis, by sharing our website and 'Brown Paper Tickets' ticketing and donation site through their social networks and personal contact lists so that anyone anywhere in the world can be with us in spirit and help this vital cause.
The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save or protect millions of mothers and babies. Tetanus can infect newborns, spreading quickly, causing terrible pain and killing within days. It's a terrible disease, preventing even the comfort of a mother's touchbut it's highly preventable.
MNT is easily prevented by giving women of childbearing age a series of three vaccine doses, which costs roughly US$1.80. This cost includes vaccinations, syringes, safe storage, transportation and more.
Kiwanis International is raising US$110 million by 2015, which will make Kiwanis the world's largest single donor to MNT elimination efforts.
o Using the US$1.80 average, this US$110 million will ultimately protect at least 61 million women and their future babies.
o The Eliminate Project will do more than protect women and babies from tetanus. It will also create a path for other services, such as health education, clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.
About maternal and neonatal tetanus
One newborn dies every nine minutes from tetanus. That is about 160 newborns each day.
MNT results when tetanus spores, which are present in soil everywhere, enter the bloodstream. It is mainly caused by a lack of access to sanitary birthing conditions, unclean instruments used to cut the umbilical cord and unclean post-partum cord care.
Once the disease is contracted, the fatality rate can be as high as 100 percent in underserved areas.
Most mothers and newborns who die of tetanus live in areas of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, where many women are poor, have little access to health care, have limited information about safe delivery procedures and continue harmful cord care practices.
If a woman is properly vaccinated against tetanus, she will have immunity through most of her childbearing years.
Babies born to mothers who have been vaccinated are protected through the first two months of life.
Fundraising for The Eliminate Project will support UNICEF and its partners, which have already eliminated MNT in more than 20 countries. Kiwanis' global volunteer network and strength in reaching communities and leaders, along with UNICEF's field staff, technical expertise and unbeatable supply chain, will help eliminate this cruel, centuries-old disease and pave the way for other interventions.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of nearly 600,000 members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubsincluding Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 1418, Builders Club for students age 1114, Kiwanis Kids for students age 612 and Aktion Club for adults with disabilitiesannually raise more than US$100 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.
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