The month of July started pretty hopeful for members, partners, organizations and service providers in the HIV/AIDS response globally, as news trickled in that the World Health Organization, had validated elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis in Cuba.
This validation makes Cuba the first Country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. A feat that is not only commendable but also reinforces that an AIDS Free Generation is possible.
While Cuba may have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV , most countries still grapple with Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013 , about 240,000 children were born with HIV (WHO).
We hope that Cuba can share her best practices on EMTCT with the rest of the world, and more countries will join Cuba in recording great success in their HIV/AIDS response.
WHO | WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba.
Nigeria accounts for about 22% of mother-to-child transmission of HIV cases in the world and about 90% of HIV infections in infants and children globally is passed on by their mothers during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.
However, despite the alarming statistics preventing mother-to-child transmission is possible through life saving ARVs and Nigeria is committed to eliminating mother-to-child transmissions , through numerous initiatives. We need to encourage every pregnant woman to seek HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) in the nearest health facility.
This singular act, has a tremendous potential of reducing HIV infections among infants and children and ultimately aiding the elimination of mother-to-child transmission globally.
Doris is HIV+ but because she had access to treatment, her son Michael was born HIV free. (Photo courtesy of RED)
(Photo courtesy of RED)
We all have a role to play!
Breakthrough in pediatric HIV treatment, as FDA makes a decision to approve new antiretroviral formulation that can be mixed with food. This innovation would make it easier for HIV positive children to take their medication, without dealing with unpleasant tasting medicines.
“Only 24 percent of children living with HIV have access to antiretroviral medicines…… ”
New formulation of HIV treatment to save more children’s lives — UNICEF and UNAIDS | UNAIDS. Source : UNAIDS
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