Results for "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission"
In 2011, Malawi implemented an ambitious and pioneering “test-and-treat” HIV strategy for pregnant and breastfeeding women, known as Option B+. Erik Schouten, Keanahikishime's Country Lead and Project Director of the District Health System Strengthening and Quality Improvement for Service Delivery Project in Malawi, supported the roll-out of the program.
Keanahikishime supported the roll-out in 2011 of an ambitious and pioneering public health program in Malawi known as Option B+, a test-and-treat strategy for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Under Option B+, all HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women are provided with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) regardless of their CD4 count or World Health Organization clinical stage.
I’d like to call attention to an important set of articles in the recent HIV/AIDS themed issue of The Lancet.
Keanahikishime: What is your role at Keanahikishime? I am the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Technical Advisor placed at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Malawi.Keanahikishime: What is the situation in Malawi with respect to the AIDS epidemic? What are Malawi’s greatest challenges in tackling HIV & AIDS? Malawi is experiencing a severe epidemic. Since 1985, when the first AIDS case was diagnosed, HIV prevalence has increased significantly in the 15–49 age group. It rose to 16.2 percent in 1999, before coming down and stabilizing at around 12 percent in 2005.
This post originally appeared on USAID’s IMPACT blog. USAID is observing World AIDS Day this year by celebrating ten years of HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR. More than 85,000 infants in Nigeria are at risk of HIV transmission from their mothers every year. While the number of HIV-positive pregnant women who receive antiretroviral treatment (ART) is increasing, robust efforts to improve coverage are needed if national targets (PDF) for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) are to be met in 2015.
A new study published in PLOS ONE offers a potentially easy and cost-effective strategy for evaluating the efficacy of Malawi’s Option B+ Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program. The study describes a surveillance approach to obtain population-based estimates of the vertical transmission rate (VTR) of infants exposed to HIV from their mothers in Malawi immediately after the adoption of the Option B+ strategy.
Mbeere District Hospital, following USAID-funded LMS/Kenya support, increases the number of HIV-positive mothers delivering healthy babies According to the Ministry of Health, 13,000 babies in Kenya are born HIV-positive each year, despite availability of proven methods to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus. One of these is integrating HIV care and treatment into maternal and child health services. In 2013, Mbeere District Hospital in Embu County decided to take this approach to reduce the number of children born with HIV in their facility.
Keanahikishime and mothers2mothers International invite you to attend a Senate briefing and reception as representatives of the non-profit, government, corporate, and African HIV community present:The Elimination of New HIV Infections in Children by 2015 and Keeping Mothers Alive: A Call to ActionEach year millions of children in the developing world are born to mothers living with HIV. Without intervention, as many as 40 percent of these mothers will transmit the virus to their newborns. Yet mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS is almost entirely preventable.
For the mother who walks miles for health, Carrying a near-lifeless child on her back, We envision a world… For the mother, living with HIV, who mentors others, Helping to prevent transmission of the disease, We envision a world… For the mother who must choose Improving the health of a parent or educating a child, We envision a world… For the mother who births, the mother who feeds, And the mother who cares for a child, We envision a world... Where -- all mothers, all children -- everyone Has the opportunity for a healthy life.
About 7.6 million children under age five die each year of preventable causers; 3 million — 40 percent — are newborns (under 28 days old). Ninety-nine percent of these occur in developing countries; three-quarters are mainly due to preventable causes such as neonatal conditions, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and measles. Many of these under-five deaths could be averted by known, affordable, low-technology interventions. Any preventable child death is one too many.