WHO Felicitates India for Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (Download PDF)


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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

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