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Niger becomes 40th country to eliminate tetanus

Jun 24, 2016
Maimouna Oumarou, 19 years old has a tetanus shot at the Kollo Integrated Central Health Centre in Niamey, Niger on May 22, 2015.Maimouna Oumarou, 19 years old, has a tetanus shot at the Kollo Integrated Central Health Centre in Niamey, Niger on May 22, 2015. It was her fourth time pregnant with only one of her children surviving. She was visiting the clinic for a prenatal consultation. UNICEF works in partnership with the health services of the government of Niger to treat patients, many children and babies with moderate acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition.

In June, World Health Organization conducted validation surveys in Niger, and the results show that the country has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis International President Sue Petrisin shared this news with the Kiwanis family on Thursday in Toronto during her opening session remarks. This comes just weeks after the news that Indonesia eliminated this deadly disease.

Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 40 countries, including Cambodia, India and Mauritania in 2015. It’s great progress, but MNT still threatens families in 19 countries. They are counting on Kiwanians to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding, funding into vaccines . . . and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected.
So let’s keep going!

Thank you for your commitment and support. Together, let’s celebrate an MNT-free Niger!