Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus
Tetanus is an excruciating disease that kills one newborn every eleven minutes, or approximately 134 babies each day. Typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices, the disease is swift, cruel and lethal.
But it is also highly preventable. An affordable vaccine given to women of childbearing age can stop tetanus.
Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have immunized more than 130 million women in over 53 countries and have eliminated the disease in 38 countries. But maternal and neonatal tetanus remains a public health threat in 21 countries. The women and newborns most at risk live in areas scarred by poverty, poor medical infrastructure or humanitarian crises.