USAID, m2m, Partnership to Reduce PMTCT

The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development and mothers2mothers have launched a five-year regional partnership in Swaziland.
The partnership, which is the first of its kind in the region, is part of USAID's Southern Africa Regional HIV/AIDS Programme (RHAP) and is designed to strengthen country-led programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and eliminate pediatric AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa, the regions hit hardest by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Men Urged to Get Involved in PMTCT Issues

My Village Organisation (MVO), a Malawian NGO, has launched a ‘Bring your Wife-PMTCT’ campaign that aim to engage men participation in the access and utilisation of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services.

Speaking during the launch at Bolero, the Tumbuka paramount chief called on men to accompany their pregnant spouses in order to get correct information on PMTCT and other antenatal services.

Drop in HIV-Infected Babies - Motsoaledi

The Department of Health says that a slightly higher proportion of babies have been saved from HIV infection in 2011 than in the previous year.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, points out that, "It has proven that putting mothers and infants on treatment early on really works." Motsoaledi further says that it is pleasing that the biggest drop in HIV transmissions was in KwaZulu-Natal, which has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

HIV Infections Outpace Prevention – Motlanthe

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that the rate of new HIV infections continues to outpace prevention efforts.
Replying to questions in the National Council of Provinces, Motlanthe, told members there are now an estimated 5.38 million people with HIV in South Africa.
He says this translates into a HIV prevalence of 10.6 percent for the overall population, and 16.6 percent for the 15 to 29 year age group.

SA’s Infant AIDS Infections Achieves 96.5 %

South Africa's programme to prevent HIV in babies has achieved a 96.5 percent success rate in wiping out transmission from infected pregnant mothers, according to the Medical Research Council.
The government research body says that an inaugural national evaluation survey among the world's biggest AIDS population tested 9 915 infants at public clinics, of whom 31.4 percent were exposed to the virus but only 3.5 percent tested positive.

SA to Promote Various HIV Prevention Measures

Government has revitalised its programmes to promote various prevention measures including medical male circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission and the promotion of HIV testing.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address 2011 in Cape Town, Zuma stated that the testing has been popularly taken up around the country, adding that just over five million HIV tests have been done since the launch of the testing campaign in April last year.

WHO May Change ARV Guidelines on Pregnant Mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says international guidelines for mothers taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) may change, with new evidence showing HIV infection rates among babies are significantly cut when mothers are given prolonged ARV treatment during breastfeeding.

WHO is reviewing its 2006 recommendations on the use of ARVs in pregnant women, including during the breastfeeding period.

The new guidelines are expected to be published by the end of 2009 and will take into account emerging data.

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