WHO Felicitates India for Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination


The World Health Organization (WHO) has certificates declaring elimination of yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus. Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda from WHO presented certificates to Union in New Delhi.

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  • India’s focused approach on making maternal and newborn care accessible to all and addressing health care equity more generally has made these significant successes possible.
  • Disease known to affect the most underserved population.
  • India was declared Newborn and Maternal Tetanus free country in August 2015.
  • It was also declared yaws-free in May 2016.
  • India was declared yaws-free after a team of WHO experts had found interruption of bacterial disease transmission in the country.
  • Under the WHO India is the first country neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap, 2012 to eliminate Yaws.


  • Yaws is a stifling infection of the skin, bones and joints caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum pertenue.
  • Yaws is spread by direct contact with the fluid from a lesion of an infected person.
  • This disease is most common among children, who spread it by playing together.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 18, 2016