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  • November is Prematurity Awareness Month®

    Each year in the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born too soon.

    Babies who are born prematurely often face more than an early birthday. Many spend a lifetime struggling with disabilities and health problems. In the United States, premature birth is the leading cause of death among newborns. Around the world, more than a million babies die each year after being born too soon.  This November we are working with the March of Dimes to raise awareness and funds for programs that help moms have healthier babies.

    Prematurity Awareness Month kicks off on November 1 with the release of the fourth annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. And volunteers around the country will host activities to raise awareness of the serious global problem of premature birth. To support our community’s moms and families, find out what you can do to host an event in the Youth Planning Guide.

    On November 17, make sure you change your Facebook status to tell all your friends about the global issue of preterm birth, and invite them to get involved.

    To learn more about premature birth and our combined efforts to fight the problem, go to marchofdimes.com.

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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

    By teaming up with UNICEF, Builders Club is helping to raise money for The Eliminate Project. With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. 

    To eliminate MNT from the Earth by 2015, 129 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million—and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. For more information, go to www.theeliminateproject.org or www.trickortreatforunicef.org.


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