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Testing and Counselling for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (TC for PMTCT): Support Tools [2011 Edition]

July 2011
TC for PMTCT Support Tools
Overview
Components of the TC for PMTCT Support Tools
Pre- and Post-Test Session Flipcharts
Protocol Wall Charts
Client Information Brochures
Reference Guide
CD-ROM
Download Support Tools
Antenatal Support Tools [Updated 2011]
Labour and Delivery Support Tools [2006]
Post-Delivery Support Tools [2006]
Reference Guide
Note
Adaptations
Ordering Information

The first edition of the TC for PMTCT Support Tools was developed by the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2005 under the leadership of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global AIDS Program, in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, USAID and other international partners. With funding provided by CDC, the FXB Center updated the Support Tools in 2011 in line with WHO guidelines and CDC recommendations on couple counseling.


Overview

The TC for PMTCT Support Tools were created to facilitate the efficient delivery of essential PMTCT messages to:

  • Increase the number of women who know their HIV status by improving uptake of HIV testing among pregnant women and their partners.

  • Promote PMTCT interventions.

  • Prevent incident HIV infection (i.e., HIV infection during pregnancy or breastfeeding).

  • Support prevention initiatives for women and their partners living with HIV.

The Support Tools were created in response to a critical need for improving the quality of HIV testing and counselling for pregnant women and their families. They promote optimal use of human resources through the use of group pre-test sessions. The objectives of the Support Tools are to:

  • Improve capacity of healthcare workers to effectively deliver accurate HIV testing and counselling services

  • Ensure that ANC clients receive essential testing and counselling information at first contact with the healthcare system.

  • Provide HIV-infected and uninfected clients and their partners with appropriate PMTCT messages, interventions and referrals to treatment, care, prevention and support services.

  • Ensure that clients are aware of interventions for HIV-exposed infants, including ARV prophylaxis, care and treatment, infant diagnosis and other follow-up services.

The Support Tools can be used as a both a training resource and job aid for:

  • Healthcare workers in ANC, L&D and post-delivery settings

  • HIV counselors, peer or lay counselors, and outreach workers

  • PMTCT program managers and trainers

Components of the TC for PMTCT Support Tools

Pre- and Post-Test Session Flipcharts

The flipcharts provide the healthcare worker with simple scripts containing essential messages, open-ended questions to guide discussion, and responses to commonly asked questions, while the graphics on the other side reinforce key messages for clients.

Protocol Wall Charts

The protocol wall charts summarize the steps a healthcare worker follows to deliver TC for PMTCT services. The wall charts are designed to be posted on the clinic, delivery room and maternity ward walls as a reference for healthcare workers.

Client Information Brochures

The brochures are single-page take-home leaflets for clients to reinforce PMTCT messages received during counselling sessions. The Antenatal and Labor & Delivery Client Information Brochures were updated in August 2009.

Reference Guide

The reference guide provides detailed background information on implementing and delivering TC in PMTCT settings and provides guidance and support to healthcare workers to enhance the use of the Support Tools.

CD-ROM

The CD-ROM provides an electronic version of all Support Tools components. These files can be modified and adapted to reflect country-specific policies and context, and the adapted materials can then be printed locally and distributed to all PMTCT sites.

Download Support Tools

Antenatal Support Tools [Updated 2011]

Word PDF
Antenatal Pre-Test Session Flipchart for small group or individuals 6.9MB 8.8MB
Antenatal Post-Test Session Flipchart 7.1MB 6.1MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Antenatal Care Settings (20"x24") NA 3MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Antenatal Care Settings (A4) 108K 46K
Antenatal Client Information Brochure 2.6MB 380K
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Labour and Delivery Support Tools [2006]

MS Word PDF
Labour and Delivery Pre- and Post-Test Session Flipchart (5"x6") 5.7MB 6.5MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Labour and Delivery Settings (20"x24") NA 3MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Labour and Delivery Settings (A4) 132K 47K
Labour and Delivery Client Information Brochure 1.5MB 680K
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Download the images from these materials

Post-Delivery Support Tools [2006]

Word PDF
Post-Delivery Pre-Test Session Flipchart (11"x13") 7.5MB 4.2MB
Post-Delivery Post-Test Session Flipchart (11"x13") 4MB 13MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Post-Delivery Settings (20"x24") NA 1.3MB
Protocol Wall Chart for Post-Delivery Settings (A4) 104K 38K
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Reference Guide

PDF Word
Introduction 1.1MB 780K
Chapter I: Testing and Counselling in PMTCT Settings 744K 611K
Chapter II: HIV Test Declined 456K 388K
Chapter III: Flipchart Cards - Suggested Scripts and Complementary Messages 967K 615K
Chapter IV: Essential Skills for TC for PMTCT Programmes 317K 264K
Chapter V: Rapid HIV Testing in PMTCT Settings 375K 253K
Chapter VI: Implementation Issues 275K 134K
Chapter VII: Appendices 4.5MB 9.5MB
References 318K 460K
Complete Guide 8.5MB 12.8MB
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Note

The Support Tools documents are available in in both Microsoft Word and PDF.

Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher is required to open and view the PDF files. This software can be downloaded free of charge on the Adobe site.

Adaptations

Adapted Tools from Cambodia:

Adapted Tools from Mozambique:

Adapted Tools from Sierra Leone:

Ordering Information

Free printed copies of these materials can be ordered from: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/gap.aspx
or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

For further information please contact:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Global AIDS Program/PMTCT Team,
1600 Clifton Road, MS E-04,
Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
or email: HIV-PMTCT-GAP@cdc.gov

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