Mauritania Eliminates MNT with help from Kiwanis

The World Health Organization’s validation survey confirmed that Mauritania has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Thanks to the generosity of Kiwanis members around the world, UNICEF and its partners, 36 countries have now officially declared victory over the pain and suffering of MNT. We are changing the world.

Our friends from UNICEF Mauritania shared their appreciation in a special video message. We encourage you to watch the video and share it with friends and colleagues. 

“Now more than ever I am honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing project that is truly saving lives,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay. “Thank you for your continued support and dedication to The Eliminate Project that made this announcement possible. Our commitment is strong—23 countries remain at risk for MNT.”

With The Eliminate Project, we are part of the final push to eliminate MNT from the face of the Earth. Gifts from you and your club provide much-needed funds to protect the connection between mothers and babies. 

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“These great strides wouldn’t be possible without the passion and commitment shown by each and every one of you,” says Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are coming up on the last leg of the race. While there is work left to be done, with your continued support I know the day of an MNT-free world is on the horizon.”

Dr. Wague Diango smiles after examining 9-month-old Hadrami, seen here with his mother Mnowma. “There is a lot of science behind our work here,” Dr. Diango says. “But behind the science there is something else – love.”