as mentioned in BANGKOK – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission.
The mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Thailand has been reduced to less than 2% and all pregnant women living with HIV have access to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to reduce transmission of virus from mother to child during pergrency.
The study’s author, Professor Usa Thisyakorn of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok said: “Thailand has achieved WHO elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission targets with early and concerted efforts of all sectors of Thai society.
Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government investment, a study published in Paediatrics and International Child Health reports.
For HIV-infected pregnant women, antiretroviral therapy (ART) is provided as soon as possible.
as declared in Thailand’s success against MTCT transmission of HIV was recently published in the study: Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: lessons learned from success in Thailand.
Thailand has even lowered the annual number of women infected with HIV by 87 percent (from 2000 to 2014 ), and by 2016, Thailand became the first Asian country to eliminate MTCT of HIV.
Since the first diagnosis in Thailand, the disease quickly spread, became epidemic throughout the country, and by the mid-90s, the rate of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) had reached 20 to 40 percent.
Mother-to-Child TransmissionWhile the virus existed earlier, the first case of HIV to be officially diagnosed in Thailand was in 1984.
Hopefully, as the spread of HIV continues to be a global pandemic, other countries will take note of Thailand’s success.
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