Eliminating congenital syphilis
Initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis
The term "congenital syphilis" has traditionally been used to describe the adverse outcomes of syphilis infection in pregnancy. In 2012 expert consensus suggested that, whenever possible, the term "mother-to-child-transmission of syphilis" should be used in place of congenital syphilis in order to increase awareness of the full spectrum of adverse outcomes, including stillbirths, neonatal deaths, premature and low birth weight infants, as well as deformities at birth.
WHO validates elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba
- Global Validation of Elimination of Mother-to Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV and Syphilis
WHO/CDC Syphilis Serology Proficiency Programme
Proficiency Testing is important because it is a means of verifying the accuracy and reliability of laboratory testing. Quality control measures in syphilis serology are designed to ensure that reliable and reproducible test results are obtained within a laboratory and among different laboratories performing the same tests.
Syphilis in pregnancy
Over a million pregnant women infected with syphilis worldwide, causing serious health problems and even death to their babies.
- View recent WHO studies on syphilis in pregnancy
- Tool to estimate burden of maternal syphilis and adverse outcomes