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.

Featured Publications

Outcomes and linkage to chronic care of HIV exposed infants among health centers and hospitals in Amhara Region, Ethiopia: implications to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV program: a cross sectional study

Numerous challenges exist in provision of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV such as linking HIV exposed infants (HEI) and their mothers to chronic care services, and tackling loss to follow up. Limited evidence exists in Ethiopian setting that explains the persisting high HIV infection rate among HEIs and extent of linkage to chronic care. [read more …]

Retention in Care among HIV-Infected Pregnant Women in Haiti with PMTCT Option B

Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV relies on engagement in care during the prenatal, peripartum, and postpartum periods. Under PMTCT Option B, pregnant women with elevated CD4 counts are provided with antiretroviral prophylaxis until cessation of breastfeeding.  In this study retrospective analysis of retention in care among HIV-infected pregnant women in Haiti was performed. Logistic regression [read more …]

ART use averting huge numbers of opportunistic infections among HIV- positive children in lower income countries

A systematic review that shows an overall trend of reduced incidence and prevalence for most OIs after ART initiation. A total of 88 studies involving at least 66,000 children were included in this analysis. Studies had to have at least 50 HIV+ children, conducted between 1990 and 2013 and reporting incidence and or prevalence of [read more …]