Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

According to the World Health Organization, Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. An international delegation from the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization arrived in Cuba in March to confirm the country had met the criteria for designation. The Communist Cuban government provides its citizens with universal access to healthcare and coverage, despite Cubans reporting a decline in standards since the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2013 only 2 babies were born with HIV and 5 with syphilis. More>>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on HIV and syphilis. Learn more about Tulane research projects.