Nigeria introduces use of test kits to stop mother-child transmission of HIV, syphillis.

Written by on November 21, 2021

Nigeria has introduced the use of test kits to stop mother-child HIV/syphilis transmission as the country plans to distribute four million test kits in 2022, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.

According to the UN health agency, dual test kits, which cost less than one dollar, are now available for pregnant women to stem mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission.

The low cost is possible, thanks to a new partnership between the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), MedAccess and SD Biosensor.

Each year, around 1.3 million women living with HIV become pregnant and just under one million pregnant women are infected with syphilis.

Despite affordable diagnostics and treatment being available, undiagnosed and untreated infections continue to affect the lives of many mothers and their children.

According to WHO, the rapid diagnostic tests are simple to use and can integrate and streamline services. They also enable more countries to eliminate Mother-To-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis.

Anthony Samuel

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