VALIDATION OF EPTCT FOR HIV & SYPHILIS
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”.
WHEN TO APPLY FOR VALIDATION?
Countries can apply for validation of EPTCT of HIV and/or syphilis when they determine that they have met the IMPACT targets for one year and the PROCESS targets for two years. EPTCT should also have been achieved in at least one of the lowest-performing sub-national administrative units.
MINIMUM IMPACT TARGETS
WHO CAN USE THESE TOOLS?
They are intended for national, regional, and global validation committees for EPTCT, national AIDS and sexually transmitted infection programme managers, maternal and child health programme managers, monitoring and evaluation officers, policy-makers and staff of technical agencies, and international partners involved in supporting EPTCT initiatives.