Effectiveness of mother support groups in retaining women and infants to ART services: Experience of Shinyanga Region, Tanzania

Author/Presenter: Cecilia Yona1

Co – Author: Dr. Akwila Temu2

1Program Officer Community Linkages, AGPAHI

2Reproductive and Child health Manager 


Ariel Glaser Pediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative, (AGPAHI)  is a Tanzanian registered  national NGO, that works to improve the health of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in six Regions of Tanzania (Shinyanga, Simiyu, Mwanza, Geita, Tanga and Mara). 

The Option B-plus strategy adopted by Tanzania in 2015 for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) involves starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment (ART) immediately after diagnosis. 

The goal is to eliminate pediatric HIV infections and improve both maternal and infant health outcomes. PMTCT goals are however hampered by low rates of retention in care. AGPAHI through its CDC-funded project in Shinyanga established mother support groups (MSGs) as a mechanism to improved rates of retention in care to mothers and their exposed children.

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What We Do

  • Provision of Comprehensive HIV Care +

    The purpose of** Boresha Project** is to support comprehensive facility-based HIV testing, care, treatment and support service provision in 9 scale-up and 25 sustained districts in the five lake zone regions of Geita, Mara, Mwanza, Simiyu and Shinyanga. .

  • CIFF Reprogramming +

    Project Goal is to improve health services to prevent HIV transmission, increase identification of adolescents with HIV infection, and improve HIV care and treatment and retention for ALHIV in Tanzania.

  • TB in the Mining Sector Programme +

    TB in mining sector (TIMS) project is funded by Global fund through Development Aid from People to People (ADPP - Mozambique). AGPAHI is a sub-recipient of ADPP Mozambique.The project target is to screen TB to approximately 30,000 mine workers and their families.

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