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Historically Kiwanis International has supported various health related efforts, as exemplified by its efforts in relation to the worldwide campaign with UNICEF to eradicate Iodine Deficiency disease in the fourth world. Beginning in 2010 a second world wide service project with UNICEF was announced - this time directed at eradicating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT).  


Domestically Kiwanis has worked with the March of Dimes, especially in conjunction with our sponsored High School level KEY (Kiwanis Educated Youth) clubs, to combat birth defects and research the recent surge in pre-mature births. 


Another important area, commencing in 2011, is the conversion of the former Duff Elementary School campus into a health center. This is being done in conjunction with the Garvey and Rosemead School districts, the Asia Pacific Foundation, West San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club,  and Kaiser Permanente, with partial funding by the President's anti-obesity initiative. It will feature a fall health fair that will complement the Spring health fair done as a K-1 Day Division Project. The latter is associated with the San Gabriel Kiwanis pancake breakfast.


In the past Rosemead Kiwanis and other Kiwanis family units have worked on such issues as seat belt safety, environmental protection, blood plasma drives, disaster preparedness, pediatric trauma and first aid. Much of this has been done in concert with local law enforcement agencies and the Red Cross.  Kiwanis has also worked to insure the availability of flu vaccine through the THRIVE program, which was covered in a November, 2005 Focus Report and the October, 2005, issue of the RKC Reporter.


As interest and resources warrant it is possible that we may see renewed activity in these areas.