MNT - Endemic Countries

Countries Where Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Remains a Public Health Threat

In 1999, there were 59 countries where tetanus still posed a considerable risk for women giving birth. The figure today stands at 15.

Working with partners, UNICEF has immunized over 145 million women in 53 countries and has helped eliminate MNT in more than three dozen countries, including Mozambique, China, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Burundi Liberia, and Laos.  Recent successes include the elimination of MNT in Ethiopia in June 2017, in Haiti in July 2017 and in the Philippines in November 2017.

MNT has been eliminated in more than two-thirds of the countries that appeared on the list in 1999, 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 15 countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

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