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CDC Works in Dominican Republic

CDC in the Dominican Republic has four disease impact goals: 1) eliminate transmission of HIV from pregnant women to babies, 2) prevent new cases of adult HIV among high-risk populations, 3) reduce prevalence of TB, and 4) reduce the impact of outbreaks. To achieve these goals, CDC works closely with partners on epidemiology and surveillance, lab system strengthening, HIV prevention, and outbreak response.

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CDC office (physical presence)
2 U.S. Assignees
9 Locally Employed

Dominican Republic at a Glance

Population: 10,135,000
Per capita income: $8,110
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 76/69 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 23/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top Causes of Death

  1. Cardiovascular disease 39%
  2. External causes 20%
  3. Cancer 16%
  4. Infectious diseases 8%
  5. Transport accidents 5%
  6. Homicide 3%

Source: Indicadores Basicos de Salud, Republica Dominicana, 2011. Ministerio de Salud Publica, 2012

What CDC Is Doing

  • Launched a national laboratory accreditation program and strengthened laboratory capacity
  • Assisted MoH to plan and implement a national strategy for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
  • Conducted HIV prevention interventions among men-who-have-sex-with-men, drug users, and mobile populations
  • Supported FETP to increase capacity at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Global Disease Detection supported MoH to reduce the impact of the cholera epidemic in 2010/2011

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Latest Outbreak Info

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

  • Page last reviewed: October 18, 2013
  • Page last updated: October 18, 2013
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