New scheme aims to eradicate congenital syphilis in three years

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1616
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A three year international initiative has been launched in London aiming to garner funding and support to eradicate congenital syphilis, which kills hundreds of thousands of babies every year.

The Global Congenital Syphilis Partnership will seek to distribute a simple prenatal blood test and same day antibiotic treatment to pregnant women in many more parts of the world.

Members of the partnership include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, the World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the launch on 1 March, Peter Piot, the partnership’s chairman and director of the London School of Hygiene, said that tackling syphilis would be a major step towards reducing neonatal deaths by 2015, …

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