UNICEF Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative

Published: June 2016

We became interested in evaluating UNICEF’s Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) program because it supports immunization campaigns to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus,1 a priority program of ours. (More detail in our full report on immunization campaigns to prevent maternal and neonatal tetanus.)

We have had a number of conversations with UNICEF representatives about this work:

In 2016, UNICEF told us that it was declining to participate in GiveWell’s review process.


Document Source
UNICEF, Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Source (archive)
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    “MNT elimination in a country is defined as neonatal tetanus rate of less than one case of neonatal tetanus per 1000 live births in every district of the country. UNICEF and WHO’s role in this global effort is:
    • To advocate with partners including the national governments to commit to the goal of MNT elimination and support it through allocation of needed resources
    • To fund raise for the initiative to meet the gaps in funding needs for the target countries
    • To support national ministries of health in preparing technically and financially sound plan
    • To procure and deliver the TT vaccines and injections supplies for the campaigns and ensure cold chain maintenance
    • To provide technical assistance for implementation of high quality campaigns
    • To monitor progress towards MNT elimination
    • To validate (usually through community based mortality surveys) if elimination level has been reached in a country following the country’s claim of elimination.
    • To work with countries on strategies for maintaining MNT elimination including strengthening of routine immunization”

    UNICEF, Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus