Eliminating Mother-To-Child Transmission is possible…..

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)

EMTCT(Photo courtesy of RED)

We all have a role to play!

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New formulation of HIV treatment to save more children’s lives — UNICEF and UNAIDS | UNAIDS

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