Thailand's the first country in Asia that's achieved elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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On Monday 20 June 2016, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatdayadorn, Public Health minister along with representatives of UNICEF, UNAIDS and other international agencies met with General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of Thailand at the government house to congratulate Thailand on the validation of elimination mother-to-child transmission of ‪HIV‬ and ‪syphilis‬. ‎Thailand‬ is the first country in Asia and second in the world that has achieved validation.

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis


Thailand received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation. Thailand’s pioneering success and leadership demonstrates how countries can make real change when good policy is followed up with high-level commitment.

Get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products

For this year's World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, WHO is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging).

WHO South-East Asia Region eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

Home to nearly one-fourth of the global population, the South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with the cases reduced to less than one per 1 000 live births in all districts across the 11 countries. MNTE for the Region became official after a team of experts validated the remaining provinces of ‪‎Indonesia. SEAR is the second region to achieve MNTE after the European Region.

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