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Zimbabwean Government to Begin New Treatment Policy to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission, Health Ministry Official Says

February 6, 2008

The Zimbabwean government plans to begin a new antiretroviral drug treatment policy for its mother-to-child prevention program, Owen Mugurungi, head of the HIV/AIDS and TB unit at the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, said last week, The Herald/AllAfrica.com reports.

HIV-positive pregnant women in the country currently take a single dose of nevirapine during birth to prevent transmitting the virus to their infants. The new treatment, which is backed by the World Health Organization, will involve giving women a combination of nevirapine and zidovudine before and during birth.

According to the health ministry, the standard, single-dose nevirapine treatment is 50% effective in reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission. The new treatment, which was studied in Zambia, was found to be twice as effective as the standard treatment, the ministry said.

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Mugurungi said the only obstacle to implementing the new treatment is cost, as it is more expensive than the single-dose treatment, The Herald/AllAfrica.com reports (The Herald/AllAfrica.com, 2/4).

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