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Video: Cuba becomes first nation to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba has become the first country to come close to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba became the first country to virtually eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in June.

Cuba is "the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis", the organization said in a June 30 statement.

“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO's director-general. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.”

FRANCE 24 went to Cuba and spoke to some of the mothers whose lives have been changed by this medical breakthrough.

Click on the video player above to view the full FRANCE 24 report.

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