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Kenya to receive certification for Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Elimination by WHO

This emoves Kenya from the list of countries globally that have yet to achieve MNTE. 


Devdiscourse News Desk Kenya
Updated: 14-02-2019 13:51 IST
Kenya to receive certification for Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Elimination by WHO

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) is defined as less than one case of neonatal tetanus per 1,000 live births (LB) per year in all districts (third administrative level) of a country. Image Credit: Africom

Kenya will this week receive certification for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination, MNTE, following recommendations for validation made in 2018 by a WHO-led process.

This emoves Kenya from the list of countries globally that have yet to achieve MNTE.

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) is defined as less than one case of neonatal tetanus per 1,000 live births (LB) per year in all districts (third administrative level) of a country.

The main strategies for achieving MNTE consist of:

• Immunizing women of reproductive age (WRA) with TTCV before or during pregnancy for protection against tetanus – a child born to a woman protected against tetanus is also protected from the disease in the first few weeks of its life when the risk of infection is greatest;

• Hygienic birth practices to ensure the infection is not contracted by the mother or newborn during the delivery process.

Towards this end, WHO will officially handover the Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination certificate to the government through the Ministry of Health.

(With Inputs from APO)

COUNTRY : Kenya

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