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 18.

Working with partners, UNICEF has immunized over 145 million women in 53 countries and as has helped eliminate MNT in more than three dozen countries, including Mozambique, China, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Burundi Liberia, and Laos.  Recent success include the elimination of MNT in Indonesia in May, 2016, Niger in June, 2016, and Equatorial Guinea in November, 2016.

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 18 countries:

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