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Barbados a world leader


Barbados a world leader

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BARBADOS COULD BECOME the first country in the world to eliminate HIV among children.

That’s the view of director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Caribbean Regional Support Team, Dr Ernest Massiah.

Speaking from Trinidad yesterday, Massiah told the WEEKEND NATION that Barbados was on track to achieve this feat given that for six consecutive years, between 2007 and 2012, the country has had no HIV positive babies.

Similarly, there have been no cases of congenital syphilis.

Massiah said a race was on among a number of nations to achieve this goal and Barbados was among those countries in the forefront.

“If [Barbados] is not the first, it would be one of the first,” he said. “That is a significant accomplishment.”

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