Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Two News NuggetsNovember 30, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just unveiled the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation. It’s a roadmap for how the U.S. government will help achieve an AIDS-free generation. It includes “work toward the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.”
The same day, Rhonda Zygocki, Executive VP of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation, and Frank Beadle de Palomo, CEO of mothers2mothers International co-authored a Huffington Post piece which highlights their partnership in Nigeria:
“Through collaboration, we can meet the UNAIDS goal of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and protect healthy motherhood. That is why Chevron, mothers2mothers, Pact and the Business Leadership Council recently launched a new partnership to strengthen efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission in Nigeria, where nearly 75,000 babies are born with HIV each year — the majority of which are due to transmission from their mothers.”
Secretary Clinton defined an AIDS-free generation as one where virtually no children are born with HIV, are at risk of becoming infected as adults; and those who have HIV have access to treatment. The blueprint makes clear that the United States’ commitment to this goal will remain strong, comprehensive and driven by science. It clearly outlines what PEPFAR is doing, and will continue to do, to help make it a reality.
The mothers2mothers partnership “will enable Pact to continue building capacity of on-the-ground organizations and support the Business Leadership Council’s efforts to work with the government of Nigeria to develop and implement models for accelerated PMTCT delivery over the next two years. It will also lay the groundwork for mothers2mothers to expand its successful Mentor Mother model, which trains mothers living with HIV to work alongside health care providers to support and educate pregnant women.”
Read more from mothers2mothers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rhonda-i-zygocki/mother-child-hiv_b_2198791.html