The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will hold its Annual Live Lobster Sale this month. Lobsters will be transported from Booth Bay Harbor, Maine and will reach Williamsburg within 24 hours of leaving the water. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Kiwanis Children's Fund Eliminate Campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus can quickly turn the joy of childbirth into tragedy. Every 15 minutes tetanus kills one baby. It effects are excruciating-tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival if untreated. Tetanus kills mothers too.
Tetanus spores are found in the soil everywhere. Maternal and neonatal tetanus occurs when open cuts resulting from childbirth come in contact with tetanus spores. Today, mothers and newborns are still dying of tetanus, primarily in Africa and South Asia, generally in areas where women are poor, have little access to health care and lack information about safe hygiene during labor and delivery.
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus is highly preventable. Just three doses of a 60-cent immunization protect mothers who pass on the immunity to the future babies. In 2010, Kiwanis joined the fight against Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. At the time, 40 countries were fighting the disease. In August 2017, monies raised from the campaign removed Haiti from that long list of countries. The elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus in the Western Hemisphere is a significant achievement in the fight for child survival.Today, only 16 countries remain on the campaign list. With continued support, UNICEF can ensure that no mother and no family has to lose their baby to tetanus.
If you would like to make a contribution, please make checks payable to the Kiwanis Children's Fund, and send to The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg, P. O. Box 1265, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
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