Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: lessons learned from success in Thailand

February 13, 2017
Authors: Usa Thisyakorn
Organization: Paediatrics and International Child Health

Thailand is the first country to achieve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) targets for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission.  One lesson learned points to the importance of an effective monitoring system in bringing about a massive, multi-sectoral response.  All sectors of Thai society had shared commitment, decision-making, resources and efforts.  This article reviews the science and the policy changes in Thailand that supported WHO’s four prong strategy and concludes that the monitoring which supported leadership and swift action resulted in Thailand’s success.