Challenges in achieving Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination: South Sudan Experience

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Bill Brieger is currently a Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Malaria Adviser for JHPIEGO, JHU’s family and reproductive health affiliate. He blogs at malariamatters.org

Dr. Anthony Laku who is currently the Immunization Program Officer in the South Sudan Ministry of Health presented the status of efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) in South Sudan at the fourth meeting of the WHO Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group held 5-7 December 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A summary of key challenges is shared below. General Challenges to health delivery in South Sudan include a Maternal Mortality Ratio of 2054 per 100,000 live births.

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Challenges in achieving Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination: South Sudan Experience