An estimated 2.4 million people were living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 (2.1 million in Latin America and 330,000 in the Caribbean). However, on Friday Dominica commended its World Health Organization confirmation for disposal of mother-to-youngster transmission of HIV and syphilis.
With the accomplishment, Dominica joined seven other Caribbean nations that have gotten the double approval, showing proceeding with local advancement against the two illnesses.
During a virtual festival today, Dominica Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said “what we are celebrating here is truly a remarkable achievement. Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis as a public health concern requires the strengthening of primary prevention and treatment services for HIV and syphilis for pregnant women within an established and successful maternal, perinatal and child health services.”
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, WHO Regional Director for the Americas and Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), said, “Dominica’s excursion to this aggressive accomplishment addresses a cumulation of long stretches of extending the limit of its essential consideration administrations to address transmittable illnesses and embracing blended and incorporated ways to deal with improving the wellbeing results for ladies and their kids inside maternal and youngster wellbeing administrations.”
While Dominica got the declaration for end during the service today, the nation was suggested by WHO for affirmation last September.
New HIV diseases among youngsters in the Caribbean declined by almost 40% somewhere in the range of 2019 and 2010 – the year that the Regional Initiative for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean was dispatched. During that period, the number of cases declined from 3,400 to 1,500. Revealed instances of inborn syphilis in the Caribbean are currently at 9.6 cases per 100,000 infants, well beneath the objective of close to 50 cases for every 100,000 babies.
The seven other Caribbean nations and domains that have gotten the double affirmation are Cuba in 2015 and Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis in 2017. Around the world, the remainder of the nations that have gotten the affirmation incorporate Maldives (2019), Sri Lanka (2019), Malaysia (2018), and Armenia (HIV just), Belarus and Moldova (syphilis just), and Thailand (HIV and syphilis) in 2016.
Dr. James Guwani, Director for the Caribbean Sub-local Office of UNAIDS, noticed that Dominica’s prosperity brings the country and district a bit nearer to finishing AIDS. “Dominica’s achievement in ensuring that its children are born free of HIV is truly inspiring and is testament to the combined strength and leadership of government, civil society activists and communities living with and affected by HIV. By putting people first, we can end the AIDS epidemic,” he attested.
Jean Gough, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said, “From now on, every child will be born free of HIV and congenital syphilis in Dominica. No mother will transmit these diseases to her children. Today is a moment of pride for the country, but also a source of hope for many others in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Dr. Rosmond Adams, Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), depicted the end as amazing. “This is a responsibility by Dominica that no kid is brought into the world with HIV or inborn syphilis. It is additionally a sign of the nation’s responsibility and the difficult work of the medical care suppliers to lessen new HIV contaminations, which is a vital procedure towards accomplishing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
Dominica’s endeavors to accomplish end were escalated and sped up under the umbrella of the Regional Initiative for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean, composed by PAHO and UNICEF with help from other provincial accomplices.
With official inclusions from PAHO