Congenital syphilis rate (live births and stillbirth)
Progress in eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of syphilis
Untreated syphilis infection in pregnancy can not only increase the risk of the mother and the infant transmitting and acquiring HIV but also lead to stillbirth, neonatal death and congenital disease (collectively defined as congenital syphilis). Given the high efficacy, simplicity and low cost of syphilis testing and treatment, global and regional initiatives to eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of syphilis have been launched. The rate of congenital syphilis is a measure of the impact of programmatic interventions to eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of syphilis.
Number of reported congenital syphilis cases (live births and stillbirths) in the past 12 months
Number of live births
Routine health information systems. It is important to indicate in the comment section the case definition of congenital syphilis used in your country.
The data should be recorded daily and reported quarterly to the national or subnational level. They should also be consolidated annually and reported to WHO.
Countries should comment on any major differences between the national case definition and the global surveillance case definition, available on page 15 of: Baseline report on global sexually transmitted infection surveillance 2012. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2013 (http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/rtis/9789241505895/en...).
Methods for surveillance and monitoring of congenital syphilis elimination within existing systems. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011 (https://extranet.who.int/iris/restricted/handle/10665/44790).