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|Salamatou is vaccinated, accompanied by her infant and son.|
Since 2006, through its “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” campaign, Pampers has supported UNICEF’s Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Program, a global campaign to protect the lives of mothers and babies in less industrialised countries.
To date Pampers has successfully donated 300 million tetanus vaccines, which are helping to protect 100 million women and their babies around the word.
The funding helps UNICEF to procure life-saving tetanus vaccines for countries in need to ensure that pregnant women and their newborns are protected against tetanus through regular vaccination services and campaigns, especially in areas where access to health services and specifically delivery care represents logistic and costing challenges.
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|Baby sleeps in his mother's arms with his health card on top of him as they attend a vaccination session at a health centre.|
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT)
In developing countries where women often give birth at home in sometimes unsanitary conditions, they and their newborn babies are at risk of contracting tetanus – tetanus spores can pass through the umbilical cord when cut, infecting both mother and baby. The disease rages through newborns within days of exposure to the bacteria and almost always leads to a quick and painful death. However, tetanus is preventable with a series of low-cost tetanus vaccines.
“Even though MNT is easily preventable the tragic reality is that even now a baby dies from MNT every 9 minutes," said UNICEF Senior Immunization Specialist Dr. Rownak Khan. "In fact as of today, there are still 130 women and their future newborns who urgently need to be protected. These women are extremely disadvantaged and live without any healthcare - some women have to walk for days to reach even the most basic health services. That’s why we urgently need your support, to help reach those 130 million women and their babies that are still vulnerable to this needlessly fatal disease.”
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|Esther Neba Ndung is a nursing sister who has been involved in 2 campaigns administering vaccines. “It is important for women to be vaccinated because a women is like a calabash, what she carries inside her is valuable so it must be protected.”|
The Complex Journey of a Vaccine
The vaccination process represents a long and complex journey that is only made possible by the many people who contribute to the process, starting with the procurement of vaccines. After which, the vaccines go from the manufacturer to the countries, often travelling across difficult terrain to reach the local villages where we rely on the support of a dedicated team of skilled workers and the local communities to help implement the program. On a daily basis, they face logistical and cultural barriers that make it a hard task to reach and vaccinate those at risk.
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