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HIV and syphilis are major public health problems affecting women and their newborns globally and in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region. Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis will contribute to reduction in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, improvement of sexual and reproductive health of women and men, infant and child health, and achievement of key targets, including the Millennium Development Goals. PAHO and UNICEF supported the development of a regional Concept Document for implementation of the Elimination Initiative. This Concept Document was adapted for the Caribbean sub-region, and contains Caribbean-specific information and issues to support Caribbean countries to develop action plans and strategies towards achievement of the elimination targets.

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