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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-81

Survey to validate neonatal tetanus elimination in Andhra Pradesh, India.

CVP, PATH, Andhra Pradesh, India

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V Kiran
CVP, PATH, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Neonatal Tetanus (NNT) elimination has been defined as an annual incidence of <1 case of NNT per 1,000 live births in each district of a province, state, or country. Reported incidence of NNT does not always reflect the true dimension of the problem. Thus, NNT mortality survey was planned during November 2003 to validate NNT elimination in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Firstly, based on review of records and recommended standard algorithm, two highest risk districts, namely Kurnool and Mahbubnagar were identified. In the second stage, NNT mortality survey was conducted in these two districts using lot quality assurance-cluster sampling (LQA-CS) methodology. In each of the two districts, 62 neonatal deaths were detected with no deaths due to NN, indicating incidence of NNT below 1/1000 LB. Thus, validation of NNT elimination may be concluded.

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