South Africa: AIDS Orphanage Closes Its Hospice, Babies No Longer Dying
June 25, 2013
Due to hygienic deliveries and the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-infected babies and pregnant HIV-infected women, South Africa's Cotlands childcare facility has closed its AIDS hospice for children. Cotlands is a nonprofit organization that provides care for babies who are up for adoption. The Cotlands AIDS hospice opened in 1996 to care for HIV-infected infants and children who were abandoned or orphaned; by 2002, the hospice often experienced two AIDS deaths per week. However, AIDS deaths at Cotlands hospice stopped in 2008, thanks to ART for HIV-infected babies and increased HIV testing and treatment of pregnant women.
Christian Science Monitor
06.23.2013; Jina Moore
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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