Every Nine Minutes, A Newborn Dies of Tetanus in the World
Pampers and UNICEF Aim to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal
As a mother myself, there is nothing more important than looking after my daughter. Protecting her from harm and disease is number 1 on my list. I hope that you can support Pampers and UNICEF's campaign to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus in Yemen.
Pampers, committed to the health of babies and mothers, is once again joining hands with UNICEF in their fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in
According to the most recent World Health Organization figures, Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus is responsible for the deaths of 59,000 newborn babies every year globally. As of the end of 2010, 170 million women and babies in 40 countries were still at risk from MNT. However since then there has been great news in that Myanmar, with support from Pampers funding, has been validated by WHO as having eliminated MNT. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that every nine minutes, a newborn dies of tetanus in the world.
Continuing their journey towards eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, Pampers and UNICEF are next week launching the “1 Pack = 1 Lifesaving Vaccine” campaign in the
Tetanus is caused by bacteria, which enters the body through open wounds. The typical portrait of tetanus contracted during childbirth is a heartbreaking one. Poor hygiene and limited access to health services and vaccinations increase the risk of maternal tetanus, which, in extreme cases, can result in violent seizures, difficulty in breathing and death.
The disease is transmitted from mother to child when there is contact with broken skin, such as an infant’s umbilical cord. Babies born with tetanus may take three to 14 days to exhibit symptoms, after which irritability, failure to feed properly, convulsions and ultimately death by suffocation await for 70 percent of infected newborns.
The prevalence of maternal and neonatal tetanus is still a threat to the lives of women and their unborn children in developing countries. Pampers and UNICEF aim to raise a further 5 million vaccines through the “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” campaign, which will continue to run until the last Pampers UNICEF pack is sold to work towards eliminating tetatnus in Yemen.