WHO announces first country eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis

30 June 2015 – Today, Cuba became the first country to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. The achievement marks a major progress in global public health. "Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation."

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