Cuba 1st Country in the World to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Published By : 02 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Cuba has become the very first nation in the world to be validated by the World Health Organization that it has successfully eliminated mother to child transmission of syphilis and HIV, stated a WHO press release. 

Dr Carissa F Etienne, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director said that Cuba’s victory proves that universal health coverage and universal access as not only feasible but are also the key to successfully overcoming challenges as intimidating as HIV. Dr Carissa added that Cuba’s success is an inspiration to all the other countries in the world to begin a step towards eliminating mother to child transmission of syphilis and HIV.

A global expert mission was convened by PAHO/WHO, which visited Cuba in March this year to validate the achievement towards the eradication of mother to child transmission of syphilis and HIV. Members of the PAHO/WHO were in Cuba for five days, where they visited laboratories, health centers, and government offices across the island country. The members also interviewed health officials and other participants of the health care sector.

The international expert mission by the Pan American Health Organization and WHO included people from the Bahamas, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Suriname, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States of America. 

The central focus of the validation process was upholding of human rights, to ensure that health care services were being provided in accordance with human rights principles and free of coercion.

The Global Plan was launched in 2011 by UNAIDS, WHO, and other partners. This mission was aimed at eradicating new HIV infections among children by the year 2015, while keeping their mothers alive. The global movement has stimulated innovation, political leadership, and engagement of various communities to make sure that the kids remain free from HIV and that the mothers are also kept alive and healthy. 
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