Trick or Treat :)
So to celebrate the scary (or silly) festival, I am hosting a Halloween High Tea as we dress up silly and "trick or treat" to fundraise for the Eliminate project, to work towards eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the face of the earth.
If you are not in Amsterdam, please accept this digital scone as my thanks :P
**Above should be a "digital scone". If it does not look like a scone.....I assure you my baking skills are better than my digital letter drawing skills...**
As previously, I'd like to request SMALL donations please, anywhere between $1-$10, I'd like to take this opportunity to once again demonstrate to all how small acts can make a significant difference :)
Thanks everyone and happy Halloween :)
Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a swift and painful killer disease that killed 34,000 newborns in 2015 alone. A significant number of women also die to due to maternal tetanus every year.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus represents a very high proportion of the total tetanus disease burden due mainly to inadequate immunization services, limited or absent clean delivery services and improper post-partum cord care. The majority of mothers and newborns dying of tetanus live in Africa and Southern and East Asia, generally in areas where women are poor, have little access to health care, and have little information about safe delivery practices.
Once the disease is contracted, the fatality rate can be as high as 100% without hospital care and between 10% to 60% with hospital care. The true extent of the tetanus death toll is not known as many newborns and mothers die at home and neither the birth nor the death is reported."
Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is easily preventable through:
immunization of women with TT vaccine for protection against Tetanus – a child born to a woman protected against tetanus is also protected from the disease in the first few months of its life
hygienic birth practices to ensure infection is not contracted by mother or newborn during the birth process
proper cord care to ensure that contamination of cord does not put the newborn at risk"
"Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative:
The World Health Assembly first called for elimination of neonatal tetanus in 1989. In 1999, the goal was expanded to include elimination of the maternal tetanus. At that time, there were 57 countries that had still not eliminated MNT."
Through the joint efforts of partners much progress has been made between 1999 and July 2017:
More than 150 million women have been immunized with two or more doses of TT vaccine
43 countries (Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Laos PDR, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), 16 regions out of 17 in the Philippines, Punjab Province of Pakistan.
As of 2016, approximately 96% reduction of Neonatal Tetanus mortality has been achieved since 1988. "
"UNICEF is committed to eliminating MNT as a public health problem, a goal shared by our partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), Becton Dickinson (BD), USAID, CDC, Immunisation Basics, Government of Japan and JICA, Save the Children, GAVI, P&G (Pampers), PATH, RMHC, the Gates Foundation, UNICEF National committees, Kiwanis International and governments throughout the world. "