Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

 Project duration: September, 2011 - December, 2016

Description

AGPAHI entered an agreement with EGPAF in the implementation of the Linking Initiatives for the Elimination of Paediatric HIV (LIFE) project in Shinyanga region old borders. AGPAHI being a national organization and an affiliate of EGPAF whose current area of work is Shinyanga region was made a part of the implementing partners of a comprehensive RCH/PMTCT program.

The goal of the LIFE program is to increase the quality efficiency and cost-effectiveness of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Program’s focus regions in Tanzania and to ensure a sustainable and locally-owned response.

The role of AGPAHI is to provide technical assistance to districts and health facilities in Shinyanga, Simiyu (all districts except Busega) and Geita (Only in Mbogwe and Bukombe districts) regions for effective implementation of initiatives towards RCH and PMTCT. Funds for implementation of activities is provided directly to districts through sub-agreements between EGPAF and the district councils. AGPAHI only receive funds for centrally planned activities. 

Achievement

Through the project, AGPAHI has scale-up coverage of support from 256 to 311 RCH/PMTCT sites and facilitated the roll-out of PMTCT option B plus services (Initiation of ART to HIV positive pregnant and lactating women irrespective of WHO stage or CD4 levels) achieving 100% coverage. On annual basis AGPAHI supports over 167,000 pregnant women to be reached with HIV testing services at antenatal clinics as well as at Labour and delivery points.

The project supports the identification of over 5400 HIV positive pregnant women and 4400 HIV exposed infants annually. Through the project, AGPAHI supports four districts to engage community healthcare workers in following up HIV positive pregnant women and HIV exposed infants in the community and linking them to supported health facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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