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[Comment] One step in the right direction: improving syphilis screening and treatment in pregnant women in Africa

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Substantial progress has been made in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health globally, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Nevertheless, weaknesses in delivery platforms are a major barrier to further improvement of outcomes.1 Mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis is a public health concern worldwide.2 The prevention and management of syphilis is an essential element of antenatal care, because it can substantially reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, including stillbirths, perinatal deaths, and congenital syphilis.

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