AIDS is the leading causes of death in Sub-Saharan infants and children, yet the risk of HIV transmission from mother to child can be reduced from around 30%—the risk without
any intervention—to less than 5% through a package of interventions referred to as PMTCT—prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. Through a partnership with UNAIDS, MVP has launched in 2010 the "MTCT-free zones" with a goal to virtually eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child across all MVP sites using the following integrated four-prong strategy:
The UNAIDS-MVP partnership ensures that activities incorporated into the maternal-child health care package are implemented in cooperation with governments, local and international partners, and the respective communities. In addition, tackling the cultural barriers of female disempowerment and discrimination is being added as another tool to reduce HIV transmission.
Activities and Highlighted Achievements
Please contact Dr. Yanis Ben Amor with inquiries regarding Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV at the Earth Institute.