August 23, 2010
A new WHO recommendation "that HIV-positive mothers on antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) can exclusively breastfeed their babies for up to twelve months without infecting them has created confusion among HIV-positive mothers in Uganda as information about the new guidelines struggles to reach them," Inter Press Service reports. The previous recommendation in Uganda encouraged HIV-positive mothers to breastfeed for three months, according to IPS. "Many [women] are still very scared of infecting their children. Many are not yet aware of these new guidelines so this needs a lot of awareness raising and the training of health workers, including midwives," Lydia Mungherera, executive director of the AIDS Support Organization (TASO) said, adding that information about the new policies should be more widely circulated in Uganda (Kiapi, 8/21).