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Report: 78 per cent less babies born with HIV in region

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

A new joint report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 per cent between 2001 and 2013.

PAHO says the report looked at the progress of the region's countries toward the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Using data from PAHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, the report estimates that 10,700 babies were born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2001.

By 2013, the number had declined 78 per cent to just over 2,300, representing an estimated five per cent of all babies born in the region to mothers with HIV.

PAHO noted that the countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean have set the collective goal of reducing that number to less than two per cent by 2015.

PAHO said so far, nine countries and territories have reached that goal – Anguilla, Barbados, Canada, Cuba, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the United States.

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