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Haiti: Congenital syphilis on the way out



Congenital syphilis, which is passed from mother to baby, kills hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. Swift diagnosis and a simple injection of penicillin before birth can stop this. In Haiti, the government, health centres and the World Health Organization are now analyzing and distributing rapid diagnostic tests that can be done in remote areas without electricity, making rapid reductions in the problem.

For more information, go to TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease – http://www.who.int/tdr

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