Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
We know that the risk of preventable death or disability decreases substantially when mothers and babies gain access to pre- and postnatal care; skilled birth attendants; reproductive health resources; and HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Recognizing that our mission cannot be attained without a strong foundation in health delivery, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) works to prevent and treat HIV infection while strengthening comprehensive maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programs. EGPAF helps deliver HIV prevention, care and treatment services within settings that provide reproductive health services, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and early childhood care, while strengthening existing MNCH services offered at these locations.
EGPAF supports services that reduce risk of HIV transmission from mother to child. We work with supported reproductive health sites to offer HIV testing and counseling and linkage to care and treatment alongside voluntary family planning, and sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment, and cancer screening.
Prenatal care locations serve as important entry points to provide access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services. EGPAF supports initiatives that promote early enrollment of pregnant women in MNCH services.
Labor and Delivery Services
Counseling women on the benefits of giving birth in a health facility is a routine element of our supported prenatal care, as home births are more likely to result in health complications and death. EGPAF ensures that labor and delivery are provided by skilled birth attendants able to offer respectful maternity care and adequately respond to obstetric emergencies.
The postpartum period is a critical time for all mothers and newborns, as most serious health problems may arise within the first days and weeks of life. We ensure that each new mother and infant visiting our postnatal care service locations is screened for HIV and linked to ART, if needed. In many of our supported sites, we offer nutrition and early child development counseling in addition to maternity follow-up care.
Child Health Settings
EGPAF supports a variety of early child health settings to ensure that each eligible mother-infant pair is given access to comprehensive health services including HIV testing, care and treatment. EGPAF also works in these settings to provide psychosocial support to children and adolescents through clubs and camps, where HIV-positive children and teens meet to discuss HIV, stigma, family, and issues with treatment adherence.