Update on maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE)
18 September 2011 - Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination in the Western Pacific Region has kept its momentum. Cambodia is strengthening its neonatal tetanus surveillance system. The country has completed two rounds of tetanus toxoid (TT) supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) for childbearing age women (CBAW) in the remaining four districts considered at high risk. The Lao People’s Democratic Republic analyzed the outcomes of its recent large-scale TT SIAs for CBAWs in 99 high-risk districts (out of 143 districts total) and implemented two rounds of mop-up vaccination as required. Papua New Guinea is developing its MNTE national action plan in close collaboration with its EPI and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programmes and TT SIAs will be carried out net spring. The Philippines is about progressing with TT SIAs in 10 high risk areas, of which eight are in Mindanao, and have added oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) for children under 5 years.