WWR: Men’s Role in Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission and More

By Jane Coaston | April 26, 2013

At an EGPAF facility in Malawi, health care workers are trained in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) clinical techniques.

James Pursey/EGPAF

This week, we’re learning about the challenges of getting men involved in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) efforts, thinking about how antiretroviral medications may affect children’s hearts, reading about global health funding, and finding out more about the fight to eliminate HIV in Mozambique.

Nyasa Times (Malawi) – “Men shun PMTCT services in Malawi - Kalondolondo report” Researchers have found that prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) efforts are much more effective when male partners get involved and encourage their female partners to get treatment to keep themselves and their babies healthy. However, a new study in Malawi is showing that a majority of men in some regions of the country are avoiding getting involved in PMTCT, fearing the response of the community and believing that PMTCT is just for women.

EGPAFIn the Fight to Eliminate HIV, Do We Need a Vaccine? As researchers and scientists across the United States and around the world continue the pursuit of a cure for HIV, many others are focused on another goal: creating a vaccine to prevent HIV infections in the first place. In this blog, EGPAF’s Nick Hellmann discusses the challenges and benefits of a vaccine to prevent HIV.

Global Post “Tracking global health funding on Capitol Hill” The debate in Washington surrounding global health funding and funding for HIV/AIDS is beginning to heat up. In this piece, the author details how ongoing hearings could affect President Obama’s planned budget, including spending for global health efforts.

Pharmaphorum – “Combination antiretrovirals may be heart-protective in HIV children” Though they save millions of lives, antiretroviral medication used to treat people living with HIV can have some deleterious health effects . But new research is showing that in children, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) can provide some protections against heart damage and disease.

EGPAF – “UN Official: HIV/AIDS Undermining Mozambique's Development” Mozambique has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but ranks 185th in human development. Earlier this month, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona visited several regions of Mozambique and expressed her concerns about the effects of extreme poverty and the continuing HIV epidemic on Mozambique’s progress.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.