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Jamaica reportedly on track to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Jamaica is reportedly on track to be among the first countries in the world to reach targets for the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

UNAIDS Jamaica says the country’s status will be confirmed later this month, once the Ministry of Health submits its country report to the Pan American Health Organization.

The organisation says Jamaica has demonstrated commitment to eliminating HIV among children through its leadership and investments.

In 2004 the HIV transmission rate from mothers to children was ten percent.

And by 2012 the rate had dropped to below two percent.

UNAIDS says the success is being attributed to Government’s investments, improved collaboration between national, regional and international agencies, as well as partnerships involving the public health sector, private doctors, hospitals and laboratories.

This latest success joins other gains of the Jamaica AIDS response including a 43 per cent decline in AIDS-related deaths over the last decade and a 25 per cent reduction in new HIV infections.

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