BANGKOK, 28 February 2019 – Thailand announced today the launch of a cooperation on elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis, which will make the country, drawing from its own experience, the global knowledge resource in support of other countries’ effort to reach this goal.
The announcement took place today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Public Health, and UNICEF agreed on the South-South Cooperation on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis.
Through this initiative, the three parties will work together to share Thailand’s good practices, knowledge, professional skills with other countries in the region and beyond. This will be done through various activities including trainings, study visits and tailor-made mentorship to help support other developing countries’ efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
Thailand has been officially certified free of the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children in 2016 and has been recently validated by the World Health Organization for its maintenance. It is among the first countries in the world, and the first country in Asia, where the rate of HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their newborns has fallen below 2 per cent.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Thailand declined from 10.3 per cent in 2003 to 1.68 per cent in 2017. The World Health Organization global guideline considers mother-to-child transmission of HIV to be effectively eliminated when the rate of transmission falls below 2 per cent.
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