Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

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EGPAF Fights the Double Burden of HIV and Cervical Cancer in Lesotho

By Heather Mason

Cervical cancer was a death sentence for women in Lesotho. But a new program pioneered by EGPAF is using simple, innovative methods to identify malignancy in its earliest stages and cure this disease before it can progress.

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Frontline Health Care Workers: Integral to the Continuum of Care of PMTCT

Fact Sheets

This document illustrates the experience of a pregnant women going through the health care system to show the important role that health workers play in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  Community health workers, midwives, nurses, and others are the ones who reach those most in need with lifesaving services - yet there are often too few qualified frontline health workers to deliver the interventions that save lives and prevent new infections of HIV.

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Option B+ Means Treatment for Life

By Heather Mason

Lesotho, with assistance from EGPAF, was one of the first countries to adopt a new set of World Health Organization guidelines for treatment of pregnant women living with HIV. The new guidelines, referred to as “Option B+,” recommend that all pregnant or breastfeeding women who test HIV-positive be immediately enrolled on ART and remain on treatment for life.

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Hope in a Bottle: Keeping Infants HIV-free Through Nutrition

By Laura Elizabeth Pohl

A mother holds her child while listening to a research nurse as she asks questions about her child's nutrition. EGPAF partners with the Rwandan government to study the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in 608 HIV-positive mothers and their children. The results of this, called the Kabeho study, could mean a revamping of public health policies around the world and thousands more children living an HIV-free life.

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Donation Brings Big Smiles

By Heather Mason

St. Theresa's Clinic in Manzini, Swaziland, has been serving the community longer than any of its staff members have been alive. According to the clinic’s nurse-administrator, Sister Concetta Ginindza, St. Theresa's was founded more than 70 years ago, in 1942.

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Community-based approaches for prevention of mother to child transmission in resource-poor settings: a social ecological review

Journal Articles

By Busza J, Walker D, Hairston A, et al. J Int AIDS Soc. July 2012.

This paper reviews community-based approaches that have been used in resource-limited settings to increase rates of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission service enrollment, retention in care and successful treatment outcomes. It aims to identify which interventions work, why they work and what knowledge gaps remain.

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Swaziland Adolescents Work Toward an HIV-free Generation

By Heather Mason

When he was 17, Mbongeni became a founding member of a support group for young people living with HIV. Sponsored by EGPAF, the Mkhuzweni psychosocial support group began in 2010 with three members—and has since grown to more than 100.

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Addressing the Social and Behavioral Barriers to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Through Community Dialogue - An Implementer's Guide Based on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's Swaziland Experience (July 2012)

Technical Briefs

This technical brief examines EGPAF's approaches in Swaziland to involve communities in HIV education, prevention, care, and treatment efforts.

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Facts About EGPAF’s Public Policy and Advocacy Work

Fact Sheets

This fact sheet illustrates how EGPAF advocates for change and support in the field of HIV.

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What will it take to eliminate pediatric HIV? Reaching WHO target rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zimbabwe: a model-based analysis

Journal Articles

By Ciaranello A, Perez F, Keatinge J, et al. PLoS Med. January 2012.

This study investigated uptake of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission services, infant feeding recommendations, and specific drug regimens necessary to achieve elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Zimbabwe.  

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