Safeguard the Family Project (Lilongwe Medical Fund Trust Relief) (USAID/LMRFT)
This PEPFAR-funded HIVCORE study is a retrospective cohort analysis of mother-infant pair retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services from antenatal clinic through 18 months postpartum in four selected EGPAF-supported country programs that are implementing Option A, Option B, or Option B+ for PMTCT. The study is being conducted in selected urban, semi-urban, and rural facilities in Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Swaziland. The primary objectives of the study are to determine:
- What are the levels of retention 30 days after entry into the PMTCT program, at delivery, six weeks, two months (60 days), three months (90 days), six months, and 12 months post-delivery among women and infants on Option A and on Option B/B+?
- How do the levels of retention vary by facility characteristics such as type of facility, higher versus lower volume PMTCT facility, rural/urban facility, and presence and type of follow-up (active/passive) among women and infants on Option A and on Option B/B+?
- How do the levels of retention vary by demographic and clinical characteristics among women and infants on Option A and on Option B/B+?
- What are the most modifiable characteristics associated with retention in Option A and in Option B/B+ sites?
In Malawi, the study will include 500 mother-infant pairs from 10 sites in Lilongwe, Dedza, and Ntcheu districts.