Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba has become the first country to come close to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the () and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba became the first country to virtually eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in June.

Cuba is “the first country in the world to receive validation from that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis”, the organization said in a June 30 statement.

“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret Chan, the director-general. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.”

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