Uganda: More Pregnant Women Taking AIDS Drug
June 19, 2003
The number of pregnant Ugandan women taking nevirapine, the drug that helps prevent mothers from passing HIV to their newborns, is rapidly increasing -- an indication that more expectant mothers are gathering the courage to be tested for HIV. The Ministry of Health's 2002 report shows that 4,175 women received the drug, up from 3,929 in 2001. The number of pregnant women willing to undergo HIV tests grew from 46,993 in 2001 to 76,197 last year. "The Ministry of Health in 2002 developed a plan to increase the intervention to cover at least half of the country by 2002 and to establish at least one implementing site in all districts by the end of 2004," said Dr. Saul Onyango, coordinator of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV. The 22 health centers currently dispensing nevirapine represent a fivefold increase from 2001.Adapted from:
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