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Maternal and congenital syphilis in selected Latin America and Caribbean countries: a multi-country analysis using data from the Perinatal Information System

PAHO. CLAPSerruya, Suzanne J; PAHO. CLAPDurán, Pablo; PAHO. CLAPMartínez, Gerardo; PAHO. CLAPRomero, Mario; PAHO. CHA/HTCaffe, Sonja; PAHO. CHA/HTAlonso, Mónica; University Federal of Pelotas. Faculty of MedicineSilveira, Mariangela F.
Sexual Health ; 12(2): 164-169, March 2015. tab
Artículo en Inglés | MMyP | ID: per-2932


Maternal syphilis has an important impact on reproductive health. In 2010, World HealthOrganization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) member countries approved the Strategy and Planof Action for Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in the Americas by 2015.This paper aims to describe epidemiological and programmatic characteristics related to maternal and congenitalsyphilis in selected countries of Latin America and Caribbean for the period 2010–12.


The report is basedon a multi-country, quantitative and qualitative analysis from data collected from several sources, representing acompilation of country reports from nine countries as part of the 2012 mid-term evaluation of the Strategy. Data wascollected based on standardised procedures at country level.


Results are variable among countries. All countrieshave a strategic national plan to eliminate congenital syphilis, with some distinct characteristics for each country.Protocols and guidelines for the management and treatment of maternal and congenital syphilis in all countries wereupdated between 2011 and 2013. A high rate of missing information for all countries for some indicators was noticed.


The main limitation of the analyses is the huge amount of missing data. Countries must continue to besupported to build capacity for collecting high-quality data on intervention coverage and inequities, and to use it as a basisfor decisions about how best to reach women and children with interventions. A high level political commitment isnecessary to put into practice the Regional Initiative to Eliminate Congenital Syphilis, with the support of HealthMinistries."
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