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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission: Maternal Health and Elimination of Pediatric HIV/AIDS

July 22, 2010

For more information on this session, including access to speaker presentations, please see the conference Programme-at-a-Glance.

According to the latest data, significant progress has been made in delivering prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in low- and middle-income countries. However, much work remains to be done. An estimated 430,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2008, the vast majority through mother-to-child transmission. The new 2009 WHO recommendations for antiretroviral treatment of pregnant women, PMTCT and infant feeding provide an important new opportunity and challenge to implement highly effective interventions in resource-limited settings and promote the health of both the mother and the child. In non-breastfeeding populations, the risk of MTCT can be reduced to less than 2%, and to 5% or less in breastfeeding populations. Major gaps and obstacles of implementing PMTCT interventions remain managerial and operational in nature. The scaling up of prevention interventions among those most at risk and hard-to-reach women poses a particular challenge. This goes beyond clinical care and needs to include a range of care and protection issues, both in health institutions and in the community.

Presentations in This Session:


Co Moderator:
Roslan Malyvta (Ukrainian)
Vice President, Father's House ICF
Director, FH Training Center

Co Moderator:
Yin-Ro Lo (Switzerland)

Improving Maternal and Child Health in the Context of HIV
Presented by James McIntyre (South Africa)
Senior Specialist (Consultant)/Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Baragwanath Hospital

New WHO PMTCT Guidelines 2010 -- a Paradigm Shift Towards More Effective Interventions and Global Elimination of Pediatric HIV
Presented by Nathan Shaffer (Switzerland)
Team Leader, HIV Dept, WHO

Measuring the Impact of PMTCT
Presented by Niger Rollins (Switzerland)
School of Public Health

Pregnancy, HIV and Drug Use
Presented by Gabriele Fischer (Austria)
Medical Director, Addiction Clinic, Medical University Vienna, Austria


Prevention to Mother-to-Child Transmission: Maternal Health and Elimination of Pediatric HIV/AIDS (.mp3)

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Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS in the Developing World

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