PMTCT

Going the 'Last Mile' to EMTCT: A road map for ending the HIV epidemic in children

 

The 'Last Mile' road map draws on the latest scientific research and programmatic evidence to describe and recommend strategies to achieve the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT). It includes a synthesis of evidence and country experiences for reaching EMTCT and recommends clear strategies that can improve the coverage, effectiveness and quality of national programmes for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). The goal of this document is to provide guidelines for coordinated action so that national programmes address local priority areas to achieve EMTCT in an effective, people-centred, efficient and directed manner.

This document was conceptualized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners including the Start Free working group, the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and it was validated by ministries of health of Botswana, Malawi, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

 

Evidence-based practices for retention in care of mother-infant pairs in the context of EMTCT in Eastern and Southern Africa

This document outlines evidence-based practices for retention in care of mother-infant pairs in the context of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Developed by the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) with support from HIV colleagues and partners, the report provides a review of the evidence-base on improving care for women living with HIV and their infants. It builds on the conceptual framework outlined in UNICEF’s Community-Facility Linkages report through an extensive literature review, stakeholder consultations and country visits.

Ten evidence-based practices were identified in the areas of service quality, human resources, use of health information and demand generation. The report describes these practices, including key considerations for implementation, helpful tools and resources. As countries take these evidence-based practices to scale, even greater numbers of vulnerable women and children will be given the opportunity not only to survive, but also to thrive, and the world will move closer to ending AIDS among children.

Advocacy Brief on Breastfeeding and HIV

Led by UNICEF and WHO, the Global Breastfeeding Collective is a partnership of more than 20 prominent international agencies calling on donors, policymakers, philanthropists and civil society to increase investment in breastfeeding worldwide. The Collective’s vision is a world in which all mothers have the technical, financial, emotional and public support they need to breastfeed. The Collective advocates for smart investments in breastfeeding programmes, assists policymakers and NGOs in implementing solutions, and galvanizes support to get real results to increase rates of breastfeeding, thereby benefiting mothers, children and nations.

Download the advocacy brief on breastfeeding and HIV above. Learn more at unicef.org/breastfeeding.

 

Innovative Approaches: Rationalization of Implementing Partners and Services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

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Innovative Approaches: Community Mentor Mothers Empowering Clients Through Peer Support A Spotlight on Uganda

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

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Innovative Approaches: Empowering Clients Through Peer Support: Experiences from Community Mentor Mothers in Malawi and Uganda

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

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Innovative Approaches: Community Mentor Mothers: Empowering Clients Through Peer Support A Spotlight on Malawi

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

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Innovative Approaches: Male Study Circles: Men as Change Agents in Malawi

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

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Innovative Approaches: Male Champions: Men as Change Agents in Uganda

Innovative Approaches for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Experiences from Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda

This report documents several promising practices focused on community engagement for PMTCT implemented under the Optimizing HIV Treatment Access for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (OHTA) Initiative. OHTA, a UNICEF-supported initiative with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden, aimed to accelerate access to Option B+ for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Uganda. 

Find out more here