SL hailed for eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission

2019-12-11 at 11:00

The World Health Organization has congratulated Sri Lanka for achieving elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.

Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said “Sri Lanka’s achievement once again demonstrates the country’s commitment to public health and builds on the strong foundation of primary health care services that it laid several decades ago”.

Sri Lanka has not reported any case of mother-to-child transmission of HIV since 2017 and its congenital syphilis cases has consistently been two per 100 000 live births, much less than fifty per 100,000 live births needed for elimination certification, as per the findings of the Global Validation Advisory Committee.

Validated for elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis in November 2019, Sri Lanka is the third country in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve this after Thailand and Maldives.