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Global Health
August 18, 2015

Cuba Eliminates Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

JAMA. 2015;314(7):661. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9661

Cuba is the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, an accomplishment validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) (http://bit.ly/1GX3CYH).

The achievement follows work that began in 2010, when WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) began a project in the Americas to put an end to mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. The effort involved expanding early access to prenatal care, testing for the diseases, and treating both mother and child if they test positive, services that were provided through universal health care in Cuba.