Sexual and reproductive health

Global Validation of Elimination of Mother-to Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis

Validation process

In 2014, WHO's HIV and Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) departments in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNFPA, published the Guidance on global processes and criteria for validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Since then, eleven countries have been validated for EMTCT of HIV and/or syphilis and all regions have established validation structures to support EMTCT. Two regions have now committed to the triple elimination of MTCT of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B (WPRO, PAHO)

Related tools and strategies

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Three WHO Global Strategies linking EMTCT

In 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed three linked WHO global health sector strategies on HIV, STIs, and hepatitis. These three strategies call for the elimination of mother-to child-transmission (EMTCT) of HIV by 2020 (Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free) and of syphilis and hepatitis B by 2030.

The global elimination of congenital syphilis: rationale and strategy for action

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    The strategy rests on four pillars: (i) ensure sustained political commitment and advocacy; (ii) increase access to, and quality of, maternal and newborn health services; (iii) screen and treat pregnant women and their partners; and (iv) establish surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems.

Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free

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    A super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

Strengthen linkages between sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV

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    This visual highlights current guidance from WHO on best supporting and strengthening STI and HIV linkages in the context of human rights and gender equality.