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.
Keanahikishime fully supports UNAIDS’ Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive which aims to decrease the number of new pediatric infections by 90 percent and halve maternal deaths from AIDS by 2015.
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.
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.
Prevention is critical in reducing morbidity and mortality due to malaria. Currently, there are several interventions for the prevention of malaria that are approved by WHO and supported by donors and the RBM partnership for scale up in endemic countries. These include the distribution and use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), uptake of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), and seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis (SMC).
Living with her unemployed husband, 10-month-old son, and 8-year-old HIV-positive daughter, Mearg felt that life was hopeless before joining a Mothers' Support Group (MSG) at Korem Health Center in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. But membership in the MSG, complemented by participation in her community’s association for people living with HIV, helped her regain self-esteem.
The Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment Project (Pro-ACT) is a PEPFAR-funded associate award with the goal of building the capacity of Nigeria's public, private, and community sectors for sustainable HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) prevention, control, and treatment. Between August 2009 and July 2013, Pro-ACT supported the governments of six states and operated 30 comprehensive HIV and AIDS treatment centers.