Countries in which MNT Remains a Public Health Threat
In 1999, there were 57 countries where tetanus still posed a considerable risk for women giving birth. The figure today stands at 25, with the inclusion of Timor Leste in 2002 and South Sudan in 2011.
Working with partners, UNICEF has immunized over 118 million women in 50 countries and as has helped eliminate MNT in 34 countries, including Uganda, Mozambique, China, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Burundi and Liberia. The most recent success includes the elimination of MNT in Laos in December, 2013.
MNT has been eliminated in more than half of the countries from the original 1999 list, but there is still much work to do to protect women, mothers and newborns from this deadly but easily-preventable disease.
Today MNT remains a public health threat in 25 countries: