Cuba Eradicates Syphilis, HIV Transmission to Babies

Source: TeleSUR

March 20 2015

CUBA – FIRST IN THE WORLD

The World Health Organization is set to confirm Cuba as the first country in the world to have eliminated the STI transmission from mother to child.

cuba eradicates syphillisExperts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will visit Cuba soon to review if the country can be certified to have eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

In order to receive the certification from the WHO, a country must have a transmission rate in less than 0.5 percent of live births in the case of syphilis and less than 2 percent in the case of HIV. Medical care for pregnant women and access to HIV tests must exceed 95 percent and antiretroviral treatment must be available for 95 percent of seropositive pregnant women.

“We believe Cuba meets the indicated requirements and we hope to receive certification,” said Dr. Rosaida Ochoa, director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Unit.

 Despite its status as a low-income country, Cuba’s medical system is recognized as one of the best in the world

Dr. Ochoa indicated that 24 experts from the WHO will visit hospitals, clinics, and laboratories in the provinces of Havana, Villa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba.

The Cuban doctor indicated that should Cuba be certified to have eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child, it would be the first country in the world to do so.

Despite its status as a low-income country, Cuba’s medical system is recognized as one of the best in the world. As an example of Cuba’s solidarity with the peoples of the world, Cuban doctors often travel to countries affected by disasters in order to provide medical relief. Cuban doctors recently went to countries in West Africa to help treat the Ebola epidemic, saving the lives of hundreds.

Source:  Cuba Eradicates syphilis, HIV Transmission to Babies TeleSUR

2 thoughts on “Cuba Eradicates Syphilis, HIV Transmission to Babies

  1. Congratulations Cuba!!

    There you go again Cuba que Linda Ed Cuba shining like the star you are from the dark sky waiting to eat you alive!

    Yet

    You keep beating the sharks with victory after victory in health care and sports,

    We wish you well and will keep cheering for your WHO certification as the 1st country on the planet to eradicate the transmission of syphilis and HIV from mother to child!

    We expect you dear Cuba despite all the hell imperialism has put you through to keep achieving medical and scientific feats that not even those who tried for the life of your revolution have managed to achieve!

    We love you Cuba and express our eternal gratitude to your revolution that has liberated the body, soul and minds of your people to achieve these brilliant triumphs we are sure you will share with all of humanity!

    Peace and Love!

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