Aug 12, 2011

PMTCT Scale-up Severely Lags In Burundi

AUTHOR:IrinSOURCE:Irin PlusNews Global

Irin released an article on August 12, 2011 highlighting some of the numerous barriers faced by prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs in Burundi. The article states that although about 40 percent of all expectant mothers in Burundi are tested for HIV, only about 12 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women receive the life-saving and sustaining ARVs necessary to keep them and their infants healthy. One reason for this is the serious shortage of healthcare professionals and medical supplies. Access to antenatal clinics is not so much of an issue (90 percent of women in Burundi access an antenatal clinic at least once during a pregnancy), but with only one doctor per every nearly 35,000 people and chronic shortage of ARVs and other medications, the quality of PMTCT and other antenatal care programs stands to be vastly improved.

This problem is definitely not limited to Burundi, as much of the developing world struggles with inadequate healthcare staff, supplies and facilities. Life for Mothers (LfM) is committed to helping meet these needs by raising awareness, empowering communities and strengthening healthcare systems. Through our focus on holistic solutions to reduce maternal/neonatal deaths LfM increase access for antenatal services and also increase HIV testing, especially, for women of reproductive age (wra) so that primary infection of HIV is prevented and also focus on the prevention of unintedned pregnancy in wra who are HIV+. These two elements are critical to the PMTCT efforts and have been neglected by simply soley giving ARVs to pregnant mothers who are HIV+.

Please click here to read the original Irin article about the PMTCT program in Burundi.

Did you know?

Almost every minute, a woman dies related to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Source:United Nations Department of Public Information

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