HIV & AIDS/PMTCT on blogtalk radio – August 29, 2009

Posted by Agatha / on 08/28/2009 / 0 Comments

 As you may know, for the past 4 weeks, my host Muriel Glasgow, has given me the opportunity to talk about HIV-AIDS which has been at the top of my priority list of challenges in my work. While I have discussed the general aspects of HIV & AIDS, I have focused on a very vulnerable group in our society - children affected by HIV & AIDS. This has propelled me to work closely with partners in seeking strategies and actions to help combat this disease in this most vulnerable group. I have discussed the goal and objectives, key interventions, challenges, issues, concerns and more. Saturday, August 30 will be the final session. As this is the final session, my host has extended the time period from 15 mins (8:00-8:15am) to 30 mins (8:00-8:30am) to open to listeners for contributions/comments/questions.  I hope members can listen to this final session.  You can, of course, listen to all 5 sessions by visiting the following website:



Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

The 4 P's

  • 1. Prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • 2. Provide paediatric treatment
  • 3. Prevent infection among adolescents and young people
  • 4. Protect and support children affected by HIV/AIDS

The concentration was on the first P of the 4 Ps - Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

Not every baby born to an HIV infected mother will be infected with HIV. But, without any intervention, the risk of transmission of infection from the mother to the baby is 20-45 per cent. This transmission rate can be reduced to less than 2 per cent.

We hope to continue this dialogue in other forum. 

Keep your comments and questions coming?  As members of this important group, we are aware of how much there is to be done and we want to encourage a larger network of people to work towards changing the narrative. 

I look forward to hearing from you all.


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