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[Comment] Thailand eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

On June 7, 2016, WHO certified that Thailand had eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming only the second non-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development country after Cuba to achieve these goals.1–3 WHO also validated Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis on June 8.4 This is not only a public health success story for Thailand, but also an affirmation of how internationally agreed aspirational goals—from WHO’s Health for All by 2000 campaign and the UN’s 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS to the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals—can help health ministries to mobilise political will, public funds, and committed implementation.

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