Dominica: Zero cases of Mother to Child HIV Transmission and Syphilis in 4 years

The Prime Minister of Dominica - Roosevelt Skerrit attended the validation ceremony of the elimination of Mother to Child HIV Transmission and Syphilis as there have been zero cases of transmission in the past four years on the island.

Dominica: The Prime Minister of Dominica – Roosevelt Skerrit attended the validation ceremony of the elimination of Mother to Child HIV Transmission and Syphilis as there have been zero cases of transmission in the past four years on the island.

He appreciated PAHO, health care workers and everybody else who supported and helped Dominica to eliminate this milestone and stated, “I particularly recognize the PAHO for its invaluable technical support and guidance, working beside us for the past 7 years since we engaged in this initiative. PAHO has been persistent and committed to working with us, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic to eliminate this milestone.”

PM Skerrit also applauded the assistance of UNICEF for co-chairing the EMTCT Secretariat with PAHO, UNAIDS, other UN partners and PANCAP for their continuous advocacy and support. 

Following the statement, he proudly noted that Dominica now has joined the group of Caribbean nations that are leading the plan on the elimination of the Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and syphilis in the region. The Commonwealth of Dominica provides care and antiretroviral treatment to all HIV positive women after delivery free of charge. 

Over the past years, Dominica has achieved –

  • 95% or more coverage of antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth.
  • 95% or more coverage of HIV and Syphilis screening of pregnant women
  • 95% or more coverage of HIV and Syphilis treatment in pregnant women.
  • Zero Incidence of perinatal HIV -per 1,000 live births and zero Incidence of congenital syphilis (per 1,000 live births).

He concluded his statement and congratulated the nations those who have achieved EMTCT targets and assured the commitment of the Dominica government to ensure a generation born free of HIV and congenital syphilis.