Celebrate Solutions: ‘Mentor Mothers’ Help to Curb Vertical Transmission of HIV

By Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

In the U.S. and Europe, the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child has been virtually eradicated.  Yet, worldwide approximately 900 children are newly infected with HIV every day; most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Without intervention, 40% of pregnant women living with HIV are likely to pass the virus to their babies, and each year more than 200,000 children will die from HIV and AIDS related illnesses.  While the establishment of programs to prevent transmission has grown in recent years, there is evidence to support the need for education and counseling to supplement medical intervention. And programs like mothers2mothers (m2m) are bridging the gap between services and support.  Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: When ‘B+’ is the Best Option

By: Dr. Aoife Kenny 

MalawiAoife.jpgAn estimated 1.5 million HIV-positive women become pregnant every year. Effective treatment is essential for reducing their chance of severe illness or death during pregnancy as well as reducing the chance of infecting their children with HIV. The best way to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is to ensure that medication is taken throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding period. PMTCT is an essential component of three Millennium Development Goals: reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS. Read more...


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