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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare held the PMTCT stakeholders meeting on 18th November 2015. It brought together PMTCT partners in Tanzania to discuss various issues pertaining to PMTCT programs in the country.

The National PMTCT coordinator shared the progress of eMTCT to date, with other partners also sharing their updates. The meeting provided a good platform to discuss and share best practices with regards to PMTCT and look at the way forward.

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Option B+ has enabled Malawi to make significant progress towards 90-90-90

Four years later after the inception of Option B+ Malawi has seen the proportion of women with HIV who are diagnosed increase from 49%  to 80%. Similarly viral suppression  now stands at 48% from 2%. Malawi was the first country to introduce Option B+ for PMTCT in 2011. Since then many other countries have adopted [read more …]

Uptake of services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a community cohort in rural Tanzania from 2005-2012

Scaling up of PMTCT programmes has contributed to an estimated reduction of 60% in new paediatric HIV infections since 2001, however, 240,000 paediatric infections occurred in 2013 globally.  Estimated coverage of PMTCT services among all HIV-infected pregnant women is vital to monitor progress and to inform governments and donor agencies in the implementation of such [read more …]

Efavirenz- Based Antiretroviral Therapy among Nevirapine- exposed HIV-infected Children in South Africa: A Randomized clinical trial

In resource-limited settings, nevirapine has been widely used by HIV-positive mothers and their infants for PMTCT. nevirapine has a low barrier to resistance, and resistance to nevirapine also confers resistance to efavirenz, another drug in the NNRTI class. For this reason, it is recommended that infants with HIV exposed to nevirapine should receive an antiretroviral [read more …]