United Republic of Tanzania tackles mother-to-child transmission of HIV

NJOMBE REGION, United Republic of Tanzania, – A group of HIV-infected mothers and their partners have formed a mothers’ support group attached to their local health clinic in Kitulo Ward, Makete District, United Republic of Tanzania.     Members of the group give psychosocial support to one another and assist HIV-positive women to follow up with their medical check-ups and treatment. The group also provides information to the community about preventing mother-to-child transmission … [Read more...]

Ethiopia, HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 2012 – Adanech* rushed to the Saris Health Centre in Addis Ababa when her labour pains started. Because of an effective mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme at the health centre, supported by UNICEF and its partners, Adanech has an excellent chance of having her wish come true. Like every mother in the world, she hoped to deliver a healthy baby. But Adanech is HIV positive, and without appropriate care, she could pass on the virus to her … [Read more...]

Pregnancy & Childbirth, ‘Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby?’

Pregnancy & Childbirth Page Highlights: Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? What Are the HIV Risks of Pregnancy and Childbirth? Should I Get Tested for HIV If I am Pregnant? Should My Baby Be Tested for HIV? Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? Yes. HIV-positive mothers can transmit HIV to their babies. This is called “mother-to-child transmission.” (It is also called “perinatal" or "vertical transmission.”) An HIV-positive mother can transmit HIV to her baby in three … [Read more...]

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