The Mineola Kiwanis Club hosted a concert Sunday night at the Lake Country Playhouse featuring the East Texas Men in Harmony to raise awareness and money for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. An estimated $2000 was raised via ticket sales and a collection during the concert to help provide immunizations to mothers and infants in 40 countries that still face the fatal threat of maternal/neonatal tetanus, known as MNT.
MNT results when tetanus spores, which are present in soil everywhere, enter the bloodstream. Tetanus can infect newborns, causing excruciating pain, repeated convulsions, extreme sensitivity to light and touch, and death within days. According to research, tetanus kills 60,000 infants each year, or one every nine minutes. MNT is easily prevented by giving women of childbearing age a series of three vaccine doses, which cost roughly US$1.80. The Eliminate Project is a global campaign and partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF that will save or protect millions of mothers and newborns, and will create a path for additional services, such as health education, clean water, nutrition and other vaccines. To learn more, watch the introductory video about MNT and The Eliminate Project below.