Ronald McDonald House Charities Joins the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Effort To Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) by 2005

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ronald McDonald House Charities

    NEW YORK CITY, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities,
 one of the world's leading non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the
 health and well being of children worldwide, announced today that it has given
 a $5 million grant to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children's
 Fund).  The donation will be used to help eliminate maternal and neonatal
 tetanus (MNT) -- a disease that kills an estimated 600 infants each day in
 developing countries -- in every country in the world by the year 2005.
     With this grant to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House
 Charities has surpassed the $300 million mark in grantgiving efforts
 worldwide.
     "There is an urgent need to prevent tetanus from taking any more lives of
 women and children, and we're proud to partner with UNICEF on this important
 cause," said Ken Barun, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
 "This grant furthers our mission of bringing health care directly to children
 who desperately need it in all corners of the world."
     "We're delighted that Ronald McDonald House Charities has chosen to join
 us in this fight, said Charles J. Lyons, president of the U.S. Fund for
 UNICEF.  "This donation will provide a major advancement toward our goal of
 eliminating MNT as a global health threat."
     MNT hits hardest in the world's poorest nations, where inadequate
 education and a lack of access to health care is widespread.  Although a
 vaccine has existed for 70 years, MNT kills an estimated 215,000 babies and
 30,000 mothers each year.  Low-cost immunizations prevent this disease but MNT
 continues to be a major public health problem in countries burdened by low
 vaccination coverage and limited health infrastructure.  Three doses of
 tetanus toxoid vaccine need to be administered to all women of childbearing
 age in areas where MNT is still prevalent, to protect them and their newborns
 against tetanus.  This means immunizing an estimated 100 million women of
 childbearing age in 57 developing nations.
     UNICEF has taken a lead in promoting and supporting extra efforts in
 supplemental immunization activities for women in areas most at risk.
 Temporary immunization posts are set up in remote villages.  In some areas,
 women are reached by health workers who make individual house visits.  Through
 intense collaboration and planning with communities and community leaders,
 UNICEF provides the vaccines, syringes and safety boxes, along with the
 logistics and technical assistance needed, to ensure that all women at risk
 are immunized, with proper documentation that each woman has been reached.
 These activities are also used as important opportunities to promote hygienic
 birth practices within the community.
     The U.S. Fund for UNICEF works for the survival, protection and
 development of children worldwide through education, advocacy and
 fundraising.  Created in 1947, it is the oldest of 37 national committees
 around the world that support UNICEF's mission.  For more information on the
 U.S. Fund for UNICEF, its partners or to donate to the program to eliminate
 maternal and neonatal tetanus, call 1-800-FOR-KIDS, or visit
 http://www.unicefusa.org .
     Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)3, creates, finds and
 supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children
 through its network of 166 local Charities currently serving in 33 countries.
 The Charity makes grants to not for-profit organizations and provides support
 to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide. To date,
 Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local
 Charities have awarded more than $300 million to children's programs
 worldwide.  For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities and its
 global and local community efforts, visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities
 Web site at www.rmhc.org or call 630/623-7048.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X97651438
 
 

SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities
    NEW YORK CITY, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities,
 one of the world's leading non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the
 health and well being of children worldwide, announced today that it has given
 a $5 million grant to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children's
 Fund).  The donation will be used to help eliminate maternal and neonatal
 tetanus (MNT) -- a disease that kills an estimated 600 infants each day in
 developing countries -- in every country in the world by the year 2005.
     With this grant to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House
 Charities has surpassed the $300 million mark in grantgiving efforts
 worldwide.
     "There is an urgent need to prevent tetanus from taking any more lives of
 women and children, and we're proud to partner with UNICEF on this important
 cause," said Ken Barun, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
 "This grant furthers our mission of bringing health care directly to children
 who desperately need it in all corners of the world."
     "We're delighted that Ronald McDonald House Charities has chosen to join
 us in this fight, said Charles J. Lyons, president of the U.S. Fund for
 UNICEF.  "This donation will provide a major advancement toward our goal of
 eliminating MNT as a global health threat."
     MNT hits hardest in the world's poorest nations, where inadequate
 education and a lack of access to health care is widespread.  Although a
 vaccine has existed for 70 years, MNT kills an estimated 215,000 babies and
 30,000 mothers each year.  Low-cost immunizations prevent this disease but MNT
 continues to be a major public health problem in countries burdened by low
 vaccination coverage and limited health infrastructure.  Three doses of
 tetanus toxoid vaccine need to be administered to all women of childbearing
 age in areas where MNT is still prevalent, to protect them and their newborns
 against tetanus.  This means immunizing an estimated 100 million women of
 childbearing age in 57 developing nations.
     UNICEF has taken a lead in promoting and supporting extra efforts in
 supplemental immunization activities for women in areas most at risk.
 Temporary immunization posts are set up in remote villages.  In some areas,
 women are reached by health workers who make individual house visits.  Through
 intense collaboration and planning with communities and community leaders,
 UNICEF provides the vaccines, syringes and safety boxes, along with the
 logistics and technical assistance needed, to ensure that all women at risk
 are immunized, with proper documentation that each woman has been reached.
 These activities are also used as important opportunities to promote hygienic
 birth practices within the community.
     The U.S. Fund for UNICEF works for the survival, protection and
 development of children worldwide through education, advocacy and
 fundraising.  Created in 1947, it is the oldest of 37 national committees
 around the world that support UNICEF's mission.  For more information on the
 U.S. Fund for UNICEF, its partners or to donate to the program to eliminate
 maternal and neonatal tetanus, call 1-800-FOR-KIDS, or visit
 http://www.unicefusa.org .
     Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)3, creates, finds and
 supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children
 through its network of 166 local Charities currently serving in 33 countries.
 The Charity makes grants to not for-profit organizations and provides support
 to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide. To date,
 Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local
 Charities have awarded more than $300 million to children's programs
 worldwide.  For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities and its
 global and local community efforts, visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities
 Web site at www.rmhc.org or call 630/623-7048.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X97651438
 
 SOURCE  Ronald McDonald House Charities