UNICEF blogged a great post focused on maternal and neonatal tetanus. Jen Banbury mentions that most people in the US think of tetanus as something you get if you step on a rusty nail. But in the developing world just a decade ago, 30,000 mothers were dying from tetanus each year.
In countries where women have little access to health care, they're often forced to give birth in unsanitary conditions. And the bacteria spores that thrive in such conditions have a very easy time passing through a newly cut umbilical cord. Sadly, it's as simple as that.
Click here to read more about maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) and how to prevent it.