1185 babies prevented from acquiring HIV – Zambia

Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa, says the implementation of the Elimination of Mother to Child Transimission (EMTCT) project in five health facilities in Lusaka has successfully prevented 1185 babies from acquiring HIV. 

The five health facilities where the project was implemented are Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Chaisa and Mtendere health facilities.

Mr Mwansa has stated that babies within the catchment areas of the five health facilities were prevented from acquiring HIV during the implementation of EMTCT project under the Fast Track Cities (FTC) project between October 2017 and October 2018.

Speaking when he presented the Lusaka report at the on-going London Fast Track Cities Round Table Forum in London, United Kingdom, on Sunday, Mr Mwansa observed that during community sensitizations, women and their partners were sensitized together on EMTCT strategies and their benefits.

“As a result, couples intending to have children now know the importance of booking early for ante-natal clinics. During the same period, HIV status disclosure rate was reported to have gone up, resulting in drastic reduction of self-stigma and defaulting.”

“The other achievement reported is the improved adherence to treatment as the five health facilities reported the increase in mothers taking their babies for all routine HIV tests at appointed times, that is, at birth, at six weeks,  at six months, at nine months, at 12 months and at 18 months.” He said.

The Lusaka Town Clerk says that Lusaka is one of the Fast Track Cities around the globe which are all striving to end HIV epidemics in their communities by 2030.

The London Fast Track Cities 2019 is taking place from 8th to 11th September and it is organized by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care  (IAPA) and Gilead Sciences.

By Ricky Mwakwa

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