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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
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:
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
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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
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
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.
Project Edan Coordinator