Kiwanis Club International is a service organization. We work locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally on various projects; in particular, we try to help children.
We are working with UNICEF to try to eliminate maternal and neo-natal tetanus worldwide. A 3-dose vaccination that costs $1.80 (yes, really!) will protect a mom and her future children from this potentially fatal illness. Here is information from our April/May 2013 Kiwanis publication. Read more at www.kiwanis.org and also at http://www.unicef.org/health/index_54068.html .
Alyssa Chase writes:
"DIRT Where children play. Where babies are born. Where tetanus begins.....
Dirt. It's where Clostridium tetani, the bacterium that causes tetanus, lives....
In many places in the developing world, dirt is inside and out--where food is prepared, where a baby is born. It's not about cleanliness--it's about poverty....
Imagine a newborn baby in an environment like this, wrapped in a blanket. Her aunt cuts her umbilical cord with an unsterile instrument, such as a shard of glass or a piece of metal. She treats the wound with ash from the family's cooking fire.
This is where maternal and neonatal tetanus begins: dirt and an open wound. A mother who hasn't been immunized can't pass on her immunity to her newborn baby...." "...tetanus toxin from the soil enters the baby's body. After a few days, the baby's jaw becomes so stiff, she stops nursing. She arches her back in convulsions. Eventually, she stops breathing...."
Most of the countries still fighting maternal and neonatal tetanus are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Find out what Kiwanis and UNICEF are doing at www.TheEliminateProject.org Kiwanis Magazine, vol. 98, number 3.
Since October 2014, our Division 25 Kiwanis Clubs merged with Division 21, linking Trumbull County with the rest of the Mahoning Valley region. The new division is called 26. Several of our members often attend meetings at A La Cart in Canfield. One of our members was the first to have a new Kiwanis Club license plate on her car! See info at oplates.com. A portion of the extra cost of the license plate comes back to Kiwanis.
For the October 2016-September 2017 fiscal year, our officers are President, Bob Wujcik; Vice President Alma Griffith; Sergeant at arms Charlie Strum; Secretary Elizabeth Yura; Treasurer, Kathy Wujcik.