New and Noteworthy

pmtct-2New and Noteworthy
The Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children 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 PMTCT 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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