Tetanus, mainly affecting women and newborns, continues to be a public health problem in many countries in Asia and Africa. Despite firm global commitments more than 100,000 newborns and a significant number of women die due to tetanus every year. As the disease mainly affects populations with limited access to health services, the deaths remain unreported and the problem does not receive sufficient attention.
However, MNT can and has already been eliminated in the developed world and many developing countries. This partnership has shown good results over last decade by reducing the number of countries with high neonatal tetanus rates from 58 in 2000 to 42 in 2010. This has been possible due in part to targeted interventions such as vaccination campaigns, improving clean cord care, skilled attendance at birth and increasing vaccinations of pregnant women.
A wide array of partners are involved in this initiative including the private sector and civil society, however additional private sector partners are needed for:
• Financial support to the global initiative or specific ‘adopted’ countries
• In-kind donations (for e.g. injection supplies, safety boxes and vaccine carriers)
• Advocacy and general awareness-raising about MNT Elimination
• Technical assistance to countries (i.e. communication, quality assurance, monitoring etc)
If your company is interested in exploring this partnership opportunity, please ‘Respond to this need’ using this website or contact: Dr. Rownak Khan, UNICEF (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Christine Edier, UNICEF (email@example.com)