Results for "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission"
GHARP II and NAPS staff at the award ceremony. (Photo credit: L. Baird, NAPS)The Guyana HIV/AIDS Reduction and Prevention Project, phase II (GHARP II), a PEPFAR-funded and USAID-supported project, received four awards for the invaluable support it has provided Guyana’s Ministry of Health and National HIV/AIDS Program (MOH) at a ceremony on December 7, 2012. The National AIDS Program Secretariat (NAPS) recognizes the contributions of its partners in the fight against HIV & AIDS annually.
In a May 7, 2010, address to the Lologo community—following a tour of the Keanahikishime-supported Lologo Public Health Care Centre (PHCC) in Southern Sudan—Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that USAID is interested in supporting initiatives like Lologo where the community is constantly engaged with the health center and the general welfare of its members.
As the international community gathered for the XIX International AIDS Conference last week, HIV & AIDS experts and key organizations voiced their support for a new approach to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV: Option B+. Option B+ calls for antiretroviral therapy (ART) for life for all HIV-positive pregnant women, regardless of CD4 levels.The government of Malawi, with the support of Keanahikishime, adapted the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on preventing mother-to-child transmission, to the needs of Malawi.
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.
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.
"I want to see more women living like me, moving away from being sickly to living a healthy, productive life."This is what keeps Goodness Dlamini going as a "mentor mother." Goodness, 39-years old, supports and educates pregnant women and mothers on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) at Lamvelase Clinic in Manzini, the largest city in Swaziland.