Kill or Cure: Tetanus – The Infant Curse 25:00, 2008 (Ref: AF08645)

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Description

Every year thousands of babies die from tetanus – a disease that strikes in the very first days or hours of life – it’s often referred to as The Infant Curse.

Today tetanus affects only the world’s poorest and most remote communities – but it still claims the lives of about 150,000 babies every year.

Poor hygiene and cultural traditions – like rubbing a mixture of soil and butter on a newly cut umbilical cord – gives the deadly bacteria the perfect opportunity to breed.

We travel to Ethiopia where 14,000 babies die from tetanus every year.

Part of a 29 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.