Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cuba becomes the First Country to eliminate Mother to child HIV Transmission

   'Important step': Carissa Etienne (centre), director of the Pan America Health Organization, speaks during an announcement about Cuba in Washington DC today. She is accompanied by Roberto Tomas Morales Ojeda (left), Cuban Minister of Public Health and Luiz Loures (right), deputy executive director of UNAids

Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate Mother to Child Elimination of HIV and Syphilis transmission.
The World Health Organisation has hailed the achievement and called it ‘one of the greatest public health achievements possible’, adding that it was ‘an important step towards having an Aids-free generation’.
W.H.O defines the elimination as such a low level that it is no longer a Public health problem.
‘This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere. UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé said.
Only two children in the country were born with HIV and five with syphilis in 2013.

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