MNT - Endemic Countries

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 21, with the inclusion of Timor Leste in 2002 and South Sudan in 2011.

Working with partners, UNICEF has immunized over 130 million women in 53 countries and as has helped eliminate MNT in 37 countries, including Mozambique, China, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Burundi Liberia, and Laos.  The most recent success includes the elimination of MNT in India in June, 2015, and Cambodia in September, 2015.

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 21 countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Yemen