Oct 22, 2010

Male Participation Improves Uptake of PMTCT and HIV Testing

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

Kenya has sponsored an initiative with the help of the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation that encourages men to get involved with Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Traditionally, men are not comfortable going to these clinics since they are staffed by female personnel. They are making them more 'male friendly' so that priority is given to women who come with their male partners and to men who come with their children. This project already has 15,000 male particpants. The men also receive education reagarding exclusive breastfeeding for HIV positive mothers, nutrition and antiretroviral treatment and condom usgae. These efforts have led to less transmission of HIV to newborns as well as keeping discordant relationships intact (keeping HIV negative spouse negative and supporting a positive spouse). Life For Mothers (LFM) recognizes the necessity of male particpiation in all gender related activities, including but not limited to pregnancy and childbirth, gender-based violence, HIV and rearing of children. LFM will work to have male community health workers (CHWs) as well as making the health center 'male-friendly.' Here's the link to the article: http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=90847

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Babies and mothers wait for care at Mulago Hospital - Ugandan's National Referral Hospital. Some may die and some mothers may develop obstetric fistulae. Click Here to view.

Source:The New Vision- Uganda's Leading Newspaper July 2007


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