The state of play
We know that health systems increasingly have the resources to address mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV; but, in practice, these resources often go under-utilised.
Encouraging mothers to attend clinic appointments, remain adherent and accept support from their partners, family and broader community are all important factors that will contribute to ending MTCT.
In recent years, there has been significant progress towards this goal. In 2010, 280,000 children were infected with HIV and by 2016 this number had dropped to 160,000.1 However, the global target for 2020 is 20,000 a year.2 There is more work to be done if we are going to meet this target as a global community.
- UNAIDS. Fact sheet. Available at http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet. Last accessed: June 2020.
- Start Free. Stay Free. AIDS Free. A Super-Fast-Track Framework for Ending AIDS in Children, Adolescents and Young Women by 2020. Available at: https://free.unaids.org/. Last accessed: June 2020
- AIDS 2012, 26:1735–1738. Margaret L. McNairya and Wafaa M. El-Sadra..The HIV care continuum: no partial credit given. Available at: http://bibliobase.sermais.pt:8008/BiblioNET/Upload/PDF6/004419.pdf Last accessed: June 2020