With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of 60,000 innocent babies and 30,000 mothers each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth by 2015, 129 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
The Merrillville Noon Kiwanis would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Strack and Van Til at 7201 Taft Street for once again partnering with our club to collect donations during our annual Peanut Sales fundraiser.
Kiwanis is proud to work with local businesses like Strack and Van Til to support projects and programs that benefit the members of our community. ONE-HUNDRED PERCENT of the proceeds of Kiwanis Peanut Day sales, after the cost of the peanuts, goes directly into community needs.
If you would like to learn how you can join with Kiwanis to support your local community contact Barb Koby, join us at our weekly meeting every Thursday at noon at Petros Restaurant in Merrillville, or visit the Kiwanis International website.
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