Mar 29, 2012

Male Partner Involvement Can Improve the Prevention Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

AUTHOR:Plus NewsSOURCE:Plus News

The government of Ethiopia has initiated a new plan (December 2011) to increase PMTCT of HIV that focuses on the participation of men in all aspects of maternal/reproductive health services. Presently, less that 10% of men accompany their partners for antenatal care. Additionaly, women who are infected must conceal their satus from their partners which impacts adherence to taking drugs. Pregnant women are also less likely to get tested because oftentimes they require consent from their partners. This is probably the greatest impediment  to women receiving PMTCT services. A Kenyan study performed in 2010 showed that male partner involvement could reduce transmission and infant mortality by up to 40%. Life for Mothers (LfM) holistic strategy to reduce maternal/nenonatal/child mortality recognizes that it is critical for men to participate in all aspects of their partners' maternal/reproductive health. This includes but is not limited to HIV testing, family planning, antenatal visits and being present at their partner's labor. The integration of maternal/repductive health with HIV services is also integral to LfM's approach. Lastly, LfM believes that increased focus on the prevention of primary HIV infection in women of reproductive age (WRA) and prevention of unitended pregancies in HIV+ WRA will lead to increased PMTCT. Men must be part of all these efforts for health indicators to improve. To read the article click here: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94579/ETHIOPIA-New-PMTCT-plan-needs-men

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010


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