Stop Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus

Protected against tetanus in Senegal
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Tetanus is an excruciating disease that kills one newborn every fifteen minutes, or approximately 93 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 151 million women in 50 countries, and have helped eliminated the disease in 44 countries. But maternal and neonatal tetanus remains a public health threat in 14 more. The women and newborns most at risk live in areas scarred by poverty, poor medical infrastructure or humanitarian crises.

facts about MNT