Results for "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission"
In October 2014, UNAIDS set treatment targets to help end the AIDS epidemic, known as the 90:90:90 goals.They seek to achieve the following by 2020: 90% of HIV infected persons know their status, 90% of HIV positive persons are placed on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.
We know how to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. But without intervention nearly 40 percent of mothers with HIV/AIDS in developing countries will transmit the virus to their newborns.
UNAIDS’s new campaign aims to eliminate mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV by the 2012 World Cup in Brazil. It is fantastic to see that UNAIDS is using the enthusiasm and media coverage of World Cup to draw attention to one of Africa’s most pressing health issues, perinatal transmission of HIV. My colleague Jude Nwokikie, program manager of the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project in South Africa and Namibia declared, “The world is no longer in the mood to tolerate MTCT.”
Aberu Hailu is a 31 year old, mother of four living in Hidmo, Ethiopia a rural community 8 kilometers south east of Adigodum town in Tigray. Two years ago, she visited the Adigodum Health Center to be tested for HIV, a disease she had learned about through community health education. She discovered she was HIV-positive and informed her husband that he should be tested, but he refused.Two months later, Aberu became pregnant and found herself in despair.
The themes emerging from this collection are straightforward and within our grasp. To be sure, there is an urgent need to strengthen earlier diagnosis of newborns to identify exposed and infected children and strategies for getting those children into HIV care and treatment services sooner than has been the norm. There is also a need to provide comprehensive, integrated programs – HIV is not just a medical disease but a social one.
The Ugandan government launched a new prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) strategy on September 12. Uganda will transition from an approach based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) Option A --- which is contingent on an HIV-positive pregnant woman’s CD4 count --- to WHO's newest PMTCT strategy, Option B+.
This blog post is a web-formatted version of the Global Health Impact newsletter: Stronger Health Systems, Healthier Newborns and Children (September/October 2015 issue). We welcome your feedback and questions in the comments. Subscribe
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