The way forward
In Zimbabwe, through the work of the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, over 620,000 pregnant women were attended to, out of which 72% were tested for HIV. Through the dedication of staff at clinics, over 78,000 pregnant women living with HIV have been cared for and at least 75% of these women have received some form of antiretrovirals to prevent their babies from being infected.
The national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme is still only reaching 49 percent of all HIV-positive pregnant women in Zimbabwe. (In developed countries that figure is close to 100 percent). The main difficulty faced here by HIV-positive pregnant women is access to PMTCT services.
UK aid from the Department for International Development is supporting the scaling up of PMTCT programmes, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. To find out more about how the UK government is tackling the spread of HIV and AIDS in developing countries, please visit: www.dfid.gov.uk/wad2010
Words and pictures supplied by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which is partly funded by the UK Government.