Combatting congenital syphilis is key to improving maternal, newborn and child health.
This factsheet provides a brief introduction to the subject of congenital syphilis, lists the 4 aspects of the strategy that the World Health Organization recommends for its prevention, discusses briefly why it is not being successfully prevented, and identifies 4 areas for action: providing leadership to raise the profile of the issue, framing it as an issue of human rights, integrating health services, government departments and policy, and being guided by evidence.
Hawkins, K. Realising Rights Factsheet #1. Combatting congenital syphilis is key to improving maternal, newborn and child health. (2008)