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What could compare to the joy a family feels when a new born? Maternal/neonatal tetanus can quickly turn a joy into despair?even death. Four Kiwanis family members traveled to the Philippines to see how Kiwanis and UNICEF can keep joy alive for babies, mothers and their families through The Eliminate Project. Here are their stories.
STOR AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK BROCKLEY
verhead vents pour an air-conditioned breeze over four Kiwanis-family members as their UNICEF van creeps through Monday afternoon traffic. Outside in the humid heat, motorcycles zip and weave through the narrow openings between car doors and bumpers. Up ahead, a truck edges left to change lanes. A biker, his hulking body virtually hiding the machine beneath him, pulls up beside the van and pauses to plot a new route through the maze. The message on the back of his T-shirt boasts, is just weakness escaping the Only minutes earlier, the Kiwanis visitors had seen pain?real pain?in the frail bodies of two newborn babies. Nebraska Kiwanians Lenora and Milford Hanna, Virginia
CKI member Brian Cofrancesco and Florida Key Clubber Miller were in the Philippines on a site visit for the new global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus. Their agenda included a tour of San Lazaro Hospital, one of the oldest health-care institutions, where they came face to face with maternal/neonatal tetanus. Metro Manila?a collection of communities that surrounds and includes the capital city?has officially eliminated MNT, so babies born in the city are rarely infected. But in some urban slums and remote, rural areas newborns remain at risk, and occasionally a child is rushed to Manila with hopes a big city hospital can save his life. a desper-