The Caribbean has moved from having the second highest rate of HIV transmission from mother to child to being certified transmission-free.
Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation representative to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dr Godrey Xuereb, said this has occurred in only two decades.
Xuereb was speaking during the opening ceremony of the two-day Joint World Paediatric Project/Pan American Health And Rotary International Conference at the Radisson Aquatica on Wednesday.
He told his audience of medical practitioners and Rotarians that the Eastern Caribbean was one of the first regions in the world to be certified as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. (HLE)