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[Comment] Eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus and closing the immunity gap

Although progress has been made in achieving maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE), WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) noted at its October, 2016, meeting that the 2015 goal for MNTE had been missed. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is still to be eliminated in 18 countries (Afghanistan, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen).