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The Eliminate Project

Kenya is awaiting official results from its February 12-March 3, 2018, validation survey. Chad is preparing for a validation survey during the second quarter of 2018. In addition, Pakistan’s Sindh Province is planning to complete a pre-validation assessment this month.

In 2000 neonatal tetanus was responsible for about 14% (215,000) of all neonatal deaths. The spores which cause tetanus are present everywhere, so the only prevention is immunization. Tetanus is characterized by an acute onset of hypertonia, painful muscular contractions (usually of the muscles of the jaw and neck), and generalized muscle spasms without other apparent medical causes. As the disease progresses the baby becomes sensitive to noise and touch. As the mother listens to her newborn cry and wants to soothe and comfort her baby it may likely make it worse. 

2017 was an incredibly successful year for MNT elimination. Ethiopia, Haiti and the Philippines are all MNT-free, thanks to the generosity of Kiwanians. 

Early in 2018, Kenya will undergo a validation survey, and plans move forward with immunization campaigns in Guinea and Nigeria — provided that funds are available. Let’s make 2018 just as successful as 2017!

As of November 30, 2017, The Eliminate Project has collected US$77,122,799 in cash gifts. Babies in 15 countries are still at risk of this excruciating disease and are relying on Kiwanis to fulfill our promise to eliminate MNT.


Kiwanis International and Kiwanis International Foundation leaders joined donors, partners and friends of U.S. Fund for UNICEF in early May to celebrate another year of achievements on behalf of the world’s children.

The Eliminate Project has exciting news to kick off your holiday season: Equatorial Guinea eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. The West African country became the 41st to eliminate the deadly disease. You and your club can ensure more progress like this continues.

As of November 24, The Eliminate Project has raised US $65.4 million in paid gifts. The generosity of the Kiwanis family has helped protect millions of women and their future babies. This is tremendous—but we must keep going. Moms and babies in 18 countries still need Kiwanis to fulfill our promise. Help fulfill pledges quickly so we can release the funds UNICEF needs to reach those nations.

Every gift to the Eliminate Project helps protect a woman and her future newborns because Kiwanis dollars are transformed into lifesaving vaccines. One Kiwanis group recently traveled to Senegal to witness activities related to health care including maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination sustainability. This is an example of Kiwanis dollars at work. 

As of December 2016 Equatorial Guinea became the 41st country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. More women and babies are now free from the anguish of this deadly disease.

Actress Téa Leoni, star of the television show Madam Secretary, was among the guests to raise their glasses in honor of Kiwanis’ work on The Eliminate Project. The special toast by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board of Directors thanked the entire Kiwanis family for raising the necessary funds to protect millions of moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

While the group celebrated the progress that has been made, they also remembered the mothers and babies in 20 countries who are still depending on Kiwanis. Right now, more than 10 countries have scheduled immunization campaigns in 2016, and more than 3 million women will receive immunizations this month alone. But it will happen only if we continue to fulfill pledges. UNICEF needs those funds soon to reach the women in those nations.

2012 Kiwanis (The Eliminate Project Promo-60) from Kiwanis International on Vimeo.

Kiwanis is on the verge of making history. During the last five years, The Eliminate Project has raised US$104 million to support UNICEF's MNT elimination work, including the Canadian government match.

Finish The Fight

The Kiwanis family is helping to protect millions of lives from tetanus. Celebrate our progress during World Immunization Week as countries around the globe unite to honor the lifesaving advantages of campaigns like The Eliminate Project.

PROGRESS REPORT AS OF MAY 14, 2916: We are so close to the halfway point. As of April 23, 2016, The Eliminate Project raised nearly US$54 million in paid gifts. Help us surpass our halfway benchmark before the Kiwanis International convention next month. Make your gift...and your impact. Go to the Eliminate website and give now.

News from the field. Pakistan celebrated a successful pre-validation survey in the Punjab district, which represents 53 percent of the country’s population. The next step is the validation survey, which will determine if the area has successfully eliminated MNT. Progress like this can only continue if we fulfill our pledges.

Spread the word: Joining hearts and hands in service

The Eliminate Project is an opportunity for Kiwanis to make history. Our work is saving lives and helping eliminate a deadly disease. It is also paving the path for future health innovations.

The campaign is not only a success for the children of the world; it is a success for Kiwanis. Through The Eliminate Project, we are raising Kiwanis’ profile in communities around the world and inviting people to join an organization that is changing the world. 

Kiwanis clubs around the world are finding every opportunity to share Kiwanis. Kiwanis becomes stronger every day because of our members' passion to help others. Strengthening our membership base provides more members who are able to use their hearts and hands to serve children around the world.