Skip to main content

Dig Imperial Beach

World, Kiwanis receive Great News on their Fight to Eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus!

Sep 11, 2015 12:52AM ● By Paul Spear

This year Kiwanis International Celebrated it's 100th year Anniversary. They have clubs all over the world. We have one here in Imperial Beach. One of the major goals of Kiwanis is to help and support children, both locally by one of the clubs in your local community and internationally as well. For many years now the Kiwanis International and your local club have had a goal of eliminating MNT. It was call the Eliminate Project. So when India claimed it had eliminated MNT on August 27th, That was not only great news for India, it was also great news for the Kiwanis and UNICEF who have been working on the Eliminate Project. Now their are about 28 countries still to go but getting it eliminated in such a large country as India was a big win for everyone!

Here is the link to the article and a copy of it below:

To find out more about Maternal Neonatal Tetanus just do a search in your computers browser.Or if you would like to help fight MNT contact anyone in your local Kiwanis Club.

The Imperial Beach South Bay Kiwanis meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Boys and Girls Club in Imperial Beach at noon to 1pm. Or you can contact me, Paul Spear, the Editor of and I can have a Kiwanis Member Contact you!

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27

In what the WHO today described as a momentous public health feat, India has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) which until a few years ago was claiming two lakh neonatal (within the first 28 days of birth) deaths annually.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the accomplishment during his inaugural speech at the two-day global summit on preventable child and maternal deaths here today. The summit is being attended by health ministers of 24 countries, including South Asia and Africa, which contribute 70 per cent to the global maternal and child mortality burden.

India alone accounts for 22 per cent of 6.3 million annual under five deaths globally and 16 per cent of the 2.89 lakh maternal deaths globally. Over half (52 per cent) of under five deaths at home happen at the neonatal stage, which is why the MNT feat is critical.

The elimination of neonatal tetanus is defined as less than one case in 1,000 live births in every district of the country and reflects improved institutional deliveries (now 75 per cent for India) and clean umbilical cord practices. The disease occurs in newborns through infection of the unhealed umbilical stump when it is cut with a non-sterile instrument. Maternal tetanus is considered eliminated once neonatal tetanus elimination has been achieved. In India, the Health Ministry has evidence of cow dung application to cords bring a major source of tetanus infection in newborns. The PM said, “India has crossed another major milestone after polio eradication. We have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus.”


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Dig Imperial Beach's free newsletter to catch every headline