CHILDREN BORN FREE OF HIV & SYPHILLIS
WORKING ON THE ELIMINATION OF HIV & SYPHILIS IN ASIA PACIFIC BY 2020
Eliminating parent-to-child transmission (EPTCT) of HIV and Syphilis is a global public health priority. EPTCT of HIV and Syphilis helps to improve maternal and child health and is key to achieving specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These include MDGs 4 and 5 which aim to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, and MDG 6 which aims to reduce the spread of HIV, malaria and other diseases.
In Asia Pacific
Pregnant women living with HIV had received ARV for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in 2013 with an estimated coverage of 30% of HIV infected pregnant women in the region.
Paediatric HIV Infants born to pregnant women living with HIV had started on antiretroviral prophylaxis to prevent mother child transmission.
Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Infants born to pregnant women living with HIV receiving virological test for HIV within 2 months of birth in 2013 with an estimated EID coverage of 14.5%
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As countries in the Asia-Pacific commit to and progress towards the Elimination of Parent-to-Child Transmission (EPTCT) of HIV & Syphilis, a regional mechanism to assess and validate elimination is being set up. WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNAIDS have developed a set of guidelines for this process in “Global guidance on criteria and processes for validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis”.
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