Dennis M. Oliver, Kiwainis District Coordinator of the Eliminate Project, urged members of the Baton Rouge Early Risers Kiwanis to get involved to stop the suffering of children and help save a life.
The Eliminate Project is Kiwanis International’s global campaign to help eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from the face of the earth. “All it takes is a little bit of money and effort,” Oliver said. The Kiwanis family, UNICEF, and partners have united to provide the immunization needed to protect 61 million mothers and their babies. Kiwanis International has pledged to raise 110 million dollars by 2015.
MNT is a tragedy but it can be prevented. According to information circulated by the organization, “Just three vaccine doses, costing roughly $1.80, can protect a woman and her future babies. Now we need to reach them, often in places that are remote, impoverished and invisible to the world.” It requires vaccines, syringes, safe transport and storage, education of communities, training of health workers and more.