by Erica Penfold
The Conversation, July 10, 2015
Cuba has officially become the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Margaret Chan, director-general for the World Health Organisation (WHO), described the small Caribbean island’s achievement as:… one of the greatest public health achievements possible. Cuba’s success is the first step in a potential victory of the fight against HIV and AIDS. Its milestone is important on several fronts in the global health governance work towards an AIDS-free generation. It also resonates in the Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as in the sustainable development goals to reduce the global threat of HIV and AIDS.