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Nearly 386,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 January 2018 –  Approximately 386,000 babies will be born on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Of these, over 90 per cent will be born in less developed regions.

Region of the Americas eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
WASHINGTON / NEW YORK, 21 September 2017 – The Region of the Americas has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that used to be responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 newborns every year in the Americas.

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination in India will spare thousands of deaths: UNICEF
NEW DELHI, 27 August 2015 – The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced today during the Call to Action 2015 Summit that Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) has been eliminated in India. This landmark achievement will save the lives of countless mothers and their newborns, UNICEF said.

Maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated in China
BEIJING, 5 November 2012 – China has been declared free of one of the world’s major causes of preventable death of mothers and newborns...

Ghana eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
ACCRA, Ghana, 21 November 2011 - The Government of Ghana today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), bringing the total...

Uganda announces elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
KAMPALA/Uganda, 13 July 2011 – Uganda today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The country is the 20th to do...

UNICEF and partners focus on underserved to eliminate MNT
NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - Despite an estimated 90 per cent decline in global maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) deaths over the last two decades, a newborn...

Mozambique eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
MAPUTO, Mozambique - 23 November 2010 – Mozambique has joined the ranks of the 19 countries that have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus...

UNICEF welcomes Kiwanis partnership to fight deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement of a new partnership with global volunteer network Kiwanis International...

Myanmar achieves maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination
YANGON, MYANMAR, 3 June 2010 - Myanmar has achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE). The country’s status was confirmed in...

National Children’s Forum strengthens the voice of Turkmenistan children
ASHGABAT,, 31 May 2007 – About 200 children drawn from across Turkmenistan have gathered in Ashgabat today to debate and discuss child rights, as part of the Third National Children’s Forum.

First ever campaign to immunize Afghan women against tetanus set to begin
Sunday , 26 January 2003 - A groundbreaking campaign to immunize Afghan women against the killer disease tetanus will be launched on Saturday, 1 February by His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan. The campaign, which is supported by UNICEF, aims to reach every woman of child-bearing age between now and the end of 2005 as part of a worldwide effort to eliminate the disease by that date. (Press release)

Afghan women and their new-borns immunized for tetanus
Friday, 31 January 2003 - UNICEF today announced a week-long campaign to immunize thousands of Afghan women against tetanus as part of a global campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2005. Running from February 2-8, health workers and volunteers aim to reach some 740,000 Afghan women aged 15 to 45. (Press release)

UNICEF hails global progress towards elimination of maternal and neo-natal tetanus
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 April 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that 15,000 newborn deaths from tetanus were averted last year. The number of neonatal tetanus deaths that occurred last year was 200,000 reduced from 215,000 in 1999. The impact is largely due to the implementation of accelerated activities to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in several countries, and the result of an effective partnership between Ministries of Health, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and other partners. The goal is to eliminate the disease by 2005.

Reaching women with tetanus vaccine could save thousands of lives
Bamako / Geneva / New York, 26 July 2002 -UNICEF today announced concentrated efforts to reach women in poor, hard-to-reach communities with vaccine against maternal and neonatal tetanus, an effort it said could potentially save the lives of thousands of women and their new-born children.




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