In May 2016 WHO certified India yaws-free. India is the first country under the 2012 WHO neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap to eliminate yaws, a disease known to affect the most underserved population. It is said ‘where the road ends, yaws begins’.
Until a few decades ago, 150 000 to 200 000 neonatal tetanus cases were reported in India annually. India was validated for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) in April 2015, much ahead of the global target date of December 2015. After India’s success in MNTE, Indonesia was validated for the same on 18 May this year. With this the entire WHO South-East Asia Region has achieved elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) is the second WHO region, after European Region, to achieve MNTE.