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Criteria and processes for validation of EMTCT of HIV and syphilis

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World Health Organisation
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Geneva:WHO, 2014

Several countries are poised to validate the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and/or syphilis as a public health problem; this will be a sentinel health system accomplishment for those countries. This global guidance document reflects the World Health Organization’s commitment to facilitating these national validation efforts now and beyond 2015, as WHO places high priority on EMTCT of HIV and syphilis. As we celebrate making EMTCT of HIV and syphilis a realistic public health goal, we should remember a few key points. We welcome the revitalised global interest in this and other maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) issues. We applaud the strong political will by countries to support the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and to dedicate significant resources and attention towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals for HIV, reproductive health, and MNCH (MDGs 4, 5 and 6). We are also grateful to our United Nations partners—the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)—as well as our other partners, for their support in preparation of this global guidance document and their consistent efforts in the EMTCT effort worldwide