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A&B Named Among Countries to Eliminate HIV & Syphilis Transmission from Mother to Child

Minster of Health and the Environment the Hon Molwyn Joseph will be representing Antigua and Barbuda at a ceremony which would validate the twin island state, among other countries, as countries to have completely eliminated the transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child.

Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, the Pan American Health organization and World Health Organization representative to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean officially made the landmark announcement at the 31st Policy Board of the OECS/PPS and the 4th Council on Ministers meeting in Martinique earlier this month.

The official validation certification ceremony will take place in St. Kitts on the December 1, 2017.

The country’s health and environment minister is set to represent the twin island state along with Director of Pharmaceutical Alfred Athill.

Other countries which have been validated are St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Anguilla.

Antigua and Barbuda Officially Validated for the Complete Elimination of HIV and Syphilis

Antigua and Barbuda among three other Caribbean islands have officially been validated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) as countries to have completely eliminated the transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child.

The landmark announcement was officially disclosed at the 31st Policy Board of the OCES/PPS and the 4th Council of Ministers meeting in Martinique, being held from November 9th to 10th.

The official validation certification ceremony will take place in St Kitts on the 1st of December 2017. The twin island state will be represented at the event by Minister of Health and the Environment-Molwyn Joseph and Director of Pharmaceutical-Mr. Alfred Athill.

In June 2015, Cuba became the first county in the world to eliminate Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

According to Minister Joseph, this sterling achievement is a clear reflection of the development, investments and maturity of the country’s health system, and the commitment of healthcare professionals in Antigua and Barbuda.

Only 1 case of mother to child HIV transmission has been reported

AIDS Program Manager Delcora Williams has reported only 1 case of mother to child HIV transmission over the past five years

With the required rate of 2 percent for HIV infections within OECS countries Williams said that Antigua and Barbuda is well within the range with only one case of mother to child transmission since 2012.

The program manager while speaking during an interview said that with the support received by the government, the main aim of the secretariat is to ensure the elimination of HIV transmission especially mother to child.

She continued giving details on how the secretariat plans to ensure elimination and offer more testing for individuals.