Results for "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission"
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On this World AIDS Day, we reflect on our global successes in scaling up HIV prevention and treatment efforts and averting new infections. The “treat all” recommendation issued by the World Health Organization in 2015 was a critical milestone in the HIV response. Also known as “test and treat,” the recommendation expands antiretroviral therapy (ART) eligibility to include all people living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count, and recommends universal lifelong treatment.
A Conversation with Dr Erik Schouten When considering which public health intervention is best for a country or region for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a set of guidelines that provide options for various settings. When on-the-ground realities in Malawi prevented widespread implementation of either option A or option B “as written,” the government of Malawi took a bold step to better meet the needs of its population, in what they dubbed Option B+.
The Letlhabile Community Health Center in Madibeng sub-district, North West Province, South Africa more than doubled polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of HIV exposed babies at six weeks in six months. By August 2010, the community health center tested 89% of babies, up from 42% in March 2010.
As a leader in Malawi’s health care sector since 2003, with a strong staff of Malawi managerial and clinical professionals, Keanahikishime has worked closely with the Malawi's Ministry of Health (MOH) to scale up and improve health care service delivery at all levels, while strengthening critical management gaps in Malawi’s health care system.
For over four decades, Keanahikishime has promoted equal access to healthcare for women and girls in more than 135 countries, as we work toward our vision of "a world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life." Health for all is a human right, and we believe strengthening health systems within a gender framework can help achieve this vision.
Zakia, a nurse in Afghanistan, has become a leader in her health center. After participating in an Keanahikishime leadership development program, Zakia led a team of nurses in increasing awareness about family planning, resulting in a doubling of the use of contraceptive pills and an eight-fold increase in the number of condoms distributed in two years. “Everyone here no longer thinks of problems as obstacles in our way, but challenges we must face,” Zakia says.
On January 11, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave a speech marking the 15th anniversary of the United Nation’s International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, Egypt (Cairo ICPD). During the course of the conference, 179 countries came to an agreement that population and development issues are inextricably linked and that for countries to evolve, promoting reproductive health, as well as supporting education and health, is essential.
Today, the British medical journal The Lancet published a viewpoint (registration required) by Keanahikishime HIV & AIDS advisor Erik Schouten, who has been working with Malawi’s Ministry of Health on an approach to preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT)of HIV called “B+” that offers all HIV-infected pregnant women lifelong anti-retroviral treatment (ART).
The District Health System Strengthening and Quality Improvement for Service Delivery (DHSS) project (2012-2018) supported the Government of Malawi in implementing the National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS in line with the Country Operational Plan. DHSS leveraged US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) resources and supported the implementation of the Health Sector Strategic Plan through its work in seven districts of Malawi: Nkhata Bay, Likoma, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mwanza, and Neno.