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Site-specific interventions to improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus in less developed settings

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This review article examines site-level strategies for improving prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in low-resource settings, using quantitative and qualitative data from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's African PMTCT program. They have provided HIV testing to more than 1,300,000 pregnant women, and antiretroviral prophylaxis to 78,000 HIV-exposed infants and 134,000 HIV-infected pregnant women. The article highlights key innovations used to improve uptake at these sites, including rapid HIV testing in antenatal clinics, lay health staff use, opt out counseling and testing, counseling and testing during maternity, and same-day HIV diagnosis and provision of prophylaxis. Along with highlighting effective innovations and techniques for improving PMTCT programs, the article cites common programmatic challenges of managing human capacity, procurement, distribution and the supply chain.

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Publisher: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Language: English
Format: PDF
Region: Global
Audiences: Other Healthcare Workers, Policymakers, Program Managers, Researchers, Trainers, Counselors
Topic Areas: Perinatal Interventions, Testing & Counseling
Resource Type: Journal Articles