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The First Lady of United Republic of Tanzania and the Minister for Health and Social Welfare support the eMTCT initiative

The First Lady, Mama Salma Kikwete, and the Minister for Health and Social Welfare Dr. Seif Rashid showing their support to the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) initiative during an eMTCT national stakeholders dialogue meeting.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) is currently implementing Option B+ as one of the strategies to facilitate achievement of eMTCT goals and targets. With Option B+, all HIV–infected pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will be initiated on antiretroviral treatment for life as soon as they are diagnosed, irrespective of their CD4 count and World Health Organization clinical staging. The MoHSW recommends the use of a fixed drug combination of Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Efavirenz (TLE) taken as one tablet a day, for life.

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Challenges of disseminating clinical practice guidelines in a weak health system: the case of HIV and infant feeding recommendations inTanzania

This qualitative study was conducted in Mbarali district of Mbeya region in Tanzania. There is currently not enough information available on barriers to the implementation of clinical guidelines in low-income settings with weak health systems, this study aimed to document such barriers and facilitating factors in the implementation of PMTCT guidelines with a focus on [read more …]

Improved identification and enrolment into care of HIV exposed and infected infants and children following a community health worker intervention in Lilonge, Malawi

This publication is a report of an outreach programme in Malawi which utilized CHWs to improve uptake and utilization of PMTCT, EID and paediatric HIV care services. The report summarizes the design and examines the impact on identification and enrollment into care of HIV exposed and infected infants and children. The programme ran for four [read more …]

Bidirectional links between HIV and intimate partner violence in pregnancy: implications for prevention of mother to child transmission

A qualitative study to explore the links between IPV and HIV-related health among pregnant women and service providers in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ensuring PMTCT adherence is crucial as more countries move towards Option B+ policy to ensure all HIV + pregnant women are initiated on life-long ART. Many structural drivers including stigma, poverty, transport costs [read more …]