Innovation for life, technology for children who need it most

Innovation technology is reaching children who need it the most in Malawi.

19 July 2016 – In 2016, many people living with HIV do not know their status. Innovative HIV prevention efforts, like early infant diagnosis, are helping to save children’s lives.

Every day, about eight women living with HIV and their babies travel long distances to the Ntaja Health Centre, in Malawi’s Machinga District, for diagnosis, treatment and care. Early Infant Diagnosis is integrated into the mother and child health-care programme.

HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents

UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference

DURBAN, South Africa, 18 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.

Thailand certified for freeing newborns from HIV

Joint Press Release from Thailand Ministry of Public Health, CDC, UNAIDS, WHO, and UNICEF

BANGKOK, 8 June 2016 – Thailand has been officially certified free of the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children.

Thailand is the first country in Asia, and among the first in the world where the rate of HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their newborns has fallen below 2 per cent.

HIV-Positive Couple Had Kids Free Of Disease

One Of The Main Reasons? Dad's Role

Hubert and Jeanne Mwangaza have both been HIV-positive since they married and started a family together years ago. Now, they have three children, and all of them are HIV-free.

Is it a medical miracle? Hardly.

Hubert and Jeanne Mwangaza have both been HIV-positive since they married and started a family together years ago. Now, they have three children, and all of them are HIV-free.

Is it a medical miracle? Hardly.

I could not stand idly by. I knew I could take action

I could not stand idly by. I knew I could take action and be responsible for my life. I decided to become a spokesperson because I do not want any more children to be born with the HIV virus like me. Like millions of children around the world, I was infected with the HIV virus at birth. I would take medication continuously and I would ask my father why I was taking medicine all the time. It was only when I was at the youth centre in Moundou that they informed me I was infected with the virus. It was a bit difficult at times … It was difficult. Let’s leave it at that.

Improving Male Involvement to Support PMTCT of HIV

This case study is intended for programme managers and health professionals interested in learning about male involvement in the context of PMTCT programmes. It reviews a multi-faceted intervention launched by the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) to increase male involvement in three regions in Uganda (East Central, North East, and South West).

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Support the Scale Up of Lifelong Treatment for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women Living with HIV

This report discusses how community-facility linkages can be used to support the scale up of lifelong treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. 


 

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PMTCT

In 2016, an estimated 2.1 million pregnant women were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, more than in any other region of the world. Yet there is good news as well. For example, 73 per cent of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV received antiretroviral drugs to prevent them from transmitting the virus to their babies, and for their own health.