The project would raise US$60 million over six years for mosquito net distribution, training and technical assistance and awareness.
UNICEF: Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every four minutes. MNT can abruptly turn the joy of new life into wrenching tragedy. Its effects are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and become hypersensitive to light, sound and touch. Even a mother's soothing voice and comforting caress are unbearable for the infant. Few babies survive. Tetanus may claim the mother's life as well.
In impoverished countries, where women have little access to health care, many are forced to give birth in an unsanitary environment. Tetanus spores are found everywhere—in the air, soil and contaminated objects. Bacteria can enter the mother's body through open wounds and pass through a newly cut umbilical cord. Once the baby is infected, a lethal toxin attacks his or her nervous system.
Tetanus is highly preventable. Three doses of a vaccine can protect mothers and babies.
The project would raise US$110 million to eliminate a deadly disease and save 129 million mothers and their future babies.
What is a Worldwide Service Project?
Children and communities worldwide have diverse needs—access to healthcare, clean water, safe shelter, safety from slavery, access to education and so many others. A Worldwide Service Project is a directed program that engages all 600,000 youth and adult Kiwanis family members to make a positive difference in the world by helping children
|SOURCE Kiwanis International|
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