PITTSBURG — Around the world, 59 countries have not eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus.

That is why in June 2014, Pittsburg Noon Kiwanis pledged to raise $45,000 for the Eliminate Project, which is part of UNICEF’s world-wide campaign to help mothers and babies.

On Thursday during their meeting, Noon Kiwanis brought in a check in that amount.

Maternal neonatal tetanus is caused when tetanus spores, which can be found in soil, come into contact with open cuts during childbirth. According to a release, the disease strikes people who are in poverty, who are geographically hard to reach and are without health care.  

The MNT is highly preventable, a release said, and three doses of a 60 cent immunization can protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies.

For their service in helping protect more than 690 women and their babies, many of the Kiwanis members have been honored with The Walter Zeller Fellowship: Sharon Barone, Joe Beauchamp, James Harris, Richard Hudson, Mark Johnson, Janette Mauk, Donna Sue Pintar, Eleanor Snider, Peggy Snyder, Roy Surridge, Larry G. Weaver and Leann Webb.

“It was everyone who helped make that happen,” Johnson said.

Also during the Kiwanis meeting, incoming club officers were installed, including K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and Circle K officers.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.