On November 29, the Philippines became the 44th country since the year 1999 to officially eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This announcement leaves just 15 countries around the world still facing the threat of MNT, an excruciating and often fatal disease that affects mothers and newborns, usually through unhygienic childbirth and umbilical cord care practices.
Ethiopia just became the 42nd country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus since 2000.
This achievement marks another milestone in the global campaign to end this cruel disease, which is almost always fatal in infants. Health officials validated Ethiopia's new status following a comprehensive review of community health programs and practices and survey data indicating that women and children are no longer at risk.
It was 58 years ago when measles crash-landed into Emmi Herman's childhood, putting her 9-year-old sister into a coma and destroying her chances at a full life. Her sister's measles turned into measles encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, a complication that occurs in roughly one in 1,000 cases. It left her with a permanent brain injury and long-term physical and emotional difficulties.
In their annual open letter, Bill and Melinda Gates argue that immunization — and supporting the efforts of UNICEF, the world's largest procurer of vaccines — offers one of the greatest returns on investment.
It's what UNICEF and partners have been striving toward for decades: a world where all children, everywhere are fully protected against measles and polio and every other preventable disease.
It was Halloween 1950, and there was a movement afoot: American children were collecting coins for kids in Europe displaced by World War II. Walking door-to-door, they gathered donations for UNICEF in hand-painted milk cartons: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was born.
In a rowdy, boisterous celebration of what it means to look out for each other, a group of villagers in the Luang Prabang province of Laos taught us that we are all connected by kite string. The lesson started as a group of Kiwanians and UNICEF officials visited Laos to see firsthand how the joint project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus was progressing.