Reaching WHO PMTCT Goal in Zimbabwe
January 11, 2012
Researchers in this PLoS Medicine article examine the efforts necessary to reach the WHO goal of reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) risk to less than five percent in Zimbabwe. They conclude, "Implementation of the WHO [prevention of MTCT (PMTCT)] guidelines must be accompanied by efforts to improve access to PMTCT services, retain women in care, and support medication adherence throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, to approach the 'virtual elimination' of pediatric HIV in Zimbabwe," according to the study (Ciaranello et al., 1/10). A Massachusetts General Hospital press release states the research "should help with the planning of expanded programs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa and other areas with limited health resources" (1/10).
Zimbabwe's Successful PMTCT Efforts Serve as a "Model" for Other Countries in Drive to Eliminate Pediatric AIDS
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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