Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World

The Project  

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.  This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies – and a significant number of women – 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, more than 100 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 plus the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis Family.  (For just $1.80 a woman can receive three doses of tetanus vaccine which will provide immunity for her and her post-vaccination children.)    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 engaged in eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth.  In doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care.  The end of MNT will mean the beginning of better health for a significant number of families.  

The ELIMINATE Project campaign kicked off in 2010 and has a target completion date of  2015 as we celebrate Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary.  

Campaign Progress  

As of August 23, 2017:

            $110,000,000 - Pledged by Kiwanis  

            $71,508,235 – Paid to date (65% of goal)

Ashland Kiwanis Contributions  
2010 – 2011 Club Year                         $1,000           Note:  As of 4/23/16, our Club was credited
2011 – 2012 Club Year                         $6,340                     with $18,381 in contributions to the

2012 - 2013 Club Year                          $1,000                     ELIMINATE Project.

2013 - 2014 Club Year                          $2,000

2014 - 2015 Club Year                          $1,000

2015 - 2016 Club Year                          $1,000+

2016 - 2017 Club Year                          $1,000

2017 - 2018 Club Year                          $1,000

As of the end of September 2017, 43 countries have eliminated MNT.  This leaves 16 countries in which MNT needs to be conquered.

For Additional Information  

  • Click here for your own ELIMINATE Project pocket guide   
  •  The link to The ELIMINATE PROJECT web site is
  •  Contact Ashland Kiwanis’ ELIMINATE Project coordinator, Berry Wright, by clicking here