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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, USAID to Support Swaziland PMTCT HIV Program

April 29, 2011

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, in conjunction with USAID, has announced a collaborative effort to support the Swaziland Ministry of Health's five-year, $12 million plan to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the country, the Swazi Observer reports (Masilela, 4/29). The Eliminating Pediatric AIDS in Swaziland (EPAS) program "will expand the availability of comprehensive services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, reduce missed opportunities for delivery of services, and better address cultural norms that keep some women from obtaining these services," according to an EGPAF press release. Swaziland has an estimated adult HIV prevalence of 26 percent, with 42% of pregnant women who receive prenatal care testing HIV-positive, the release states (4/26).

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