"A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement."
With the Eliminate Project, Kiwanis international and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate MNT -- maternal/neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes -- nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also fall victim to the deadly disease. The effects of the disease are excruciating - tiny newborns suffer repeated convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
- One baby dies every 9 minutes.
- 160 babies die each day.
- It only takes one vaccine to cure the disease.
- One vaccine costs $1.80.
- You can save the life of a mother and her future babies.
MATERNAL AND NEONATAL TETANUS:
- MNT is a disease where a Tetanus bacteria infects an open wound.
- MNT occurs extremely often in countries that are geographically hard to reach.
- Mothers can then pass on the immunity to her children.
- MNT is preventable with just 3 doses of a 60 cent vaccination.
Unintentional injury is the #1 killer of children age 14 and under in the U.S.; Unintentional injury kills more kids every year than any other cause – including disease, homicide and suicide. Each year in the U.S., 9,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury. Studies indicate that 90% of these unintentional injuries can be prevented.
Recognizing the serious need for education and training in the areas of pediatric trauma and injury prevention, the Kiwanis Cali-Nev-Ha Foundation established the Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP) in 1994.
The mission of the program is simple: develop local projects, which will reduce the number of children in our three-state District who are killed or injured by trauma.