Project Edan™ is the charity of the official Peter Wingfield Fan Club. All content and images (except where noted) on this Web site are copyright © 1995-2010 PWFC. No permission is granted to post photos or information to any other Web site or blog without written permission from Project Edan. Project Edan Corner After the madness of May, this has been a fairly quiet few months since the last newsletter.  I did have the opportunity to make it to San Diego Comic Con with Peter, Adrian and David and have written a short article with some photos for this newsletter.  Even though events have slowed down quite a bit with Peter back in medical school, we are very pleased with the continued success of Project Edan.  To date we have raised over $10,900 this year to support UNICEF's work in saving the lives of children around the globe.  I would like to thank everyone who contributed for your continued support and generosity. We will all have an opportunity to increase our support for the year during our Fall auction which is coming up very soon.  I am told there will be some unique items up for bid so don't miss out.  Bid early and bid often!  As I reported in the last issue, Project Edan raised $3,950 to support UNICEF's joint venture with Kiwanis to eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) around the world.  As of this writing, this deadly disease that kills 160 babies every day has been eliminated in 5 countries as validated by the WHO (World Health Organization).  Thank you again to everyone who helped make this possible. The work continues in the 34 remaining countries where MNT still exists. The Eliminate Project goal for eradicating this disease worldwide is 2015.  You can view a short video on this preventable illness that kills swiftly and cruelly at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN_BvSoDy8E&feature=pl ayer_embedded Longelop Village  in Rift Valley Province of Kenya © UNICEF/Kate Holt Last year, many of you joined UNICEF's plea for help when the crisis in the Horn of Africa escalated and the United Nations declared famine in two regions of Southern Somalia and later in four more regions of Southern and Central Somalia as famine zones. At the height of the crisis in the Horn of Africa, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti were impacted by the severe drought gripping the region.  In a recent report from UNICEF, Caryl Stern (President and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF) said "Support from Americans was critical to saving the lives of so many children across the Horn of Africa, and their generosity is still being felt by families in the region. But despite serious progress, there is a long road ahead for Issue 64- 3rd & 4th Quarter 2012 millions of fragile children. As long as any one of them dies needlessly, we still have work to do."  The report went on to highlight the many exemplary milestones achieved by UNICEF and its partners. To date, UNICEF has treated nearly one million children for malnutrition across the region. In Somalia, over 455,000 malnourished children have been admitted and treated at UNICEF- supported nutrition centers. In Ethiopia, almost 288,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition throughout the country were admitted into UNICEF-supported nutrition centers. Between January and May 2012, UNICEF provided 1,724 metric tons of ready-to- use-therapeutic food, which was sent to the regions in support of the therapeutic feeding. Between July 2011 and May 2012, 180,000 Kenyan children suffering from acute malnutrition were treated. In addition to management of acute malnutrition, UNICEF continues to focus on high impact interventions such as vitamin and micronutrient supplementation, complementary feeding, breastfeeding, and improved hygiene practices. Since the declaration of famine in parts of Central and Southern Somalia in July 2011, over 1.5 million children have been vaccinated against measles. Since January 2012, over Somali 470,000 children have benefited from a bundled health package of vitamin A supplementation, deworming tablets, and vaccinations against measles, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. Since mid-2011, UNICEF has supported the vaccination of over 7 million Ethiopian children against measles. Since July 2011, almost 2.7 million people in Central and Southern Somalia have gained access to water through sustained and temporary interventions such as the construction and rehabilitation of water points, water chlorination and purification, and water trucking. UNICEF Ethiopia provided some 395,000 people with sustained access to safe, reliable water supplies. In the same period, UNICEF trucked water to more than 114,000 people. Between July and December 2011, more than 1.4 million people in Kenya's emergency-affected districts and refugee camps gained access to clean water. Since January 2012, an additional 375,000 people have been reached. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Horn of Africa crisis and helped UNICEF reach out to the millions of children affected by this continuing drought. Bev Shihara Project Edan Coordinator