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Hayek gets behind anti-tetanus campaign

Salma Hayek is promoting a campaign to end tetanus among mothers and babies in third world countries.
Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has spoken out against tetanus in mothers and new-born babies around the world as part of her role as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF campaign to eliminate the disease.

Although tetanus has virtually been eliminated in wealthy countries, the disease still kills a newborn baby every three minutes in the world's poorest regions in Africa and Southern and East Asia, according to the Associated Press.

Since Hayek recently became a mum to baby Valentina herself, it is a cause which is close to her heart.

UNICEF claims that there is no need for tetanus to be a death sentence to mothers and babies in developing countries because a cheap, safe and effective vaccine is available.

Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Hayek (42) described her experiences during a recent trip to the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where she met with tetanus victims.

"One of the things that was very moving about the trip was to see 15-year-old girls, really young, taking responsibility for their lives and their children before they're born by saying 'I am going to be healthy, I am going to take this vaccination,'" she said.

"I had no idea how much this was going to really personally move me."

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