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‘Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission programme progressing’

MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says  the country has made positive strides towards  the  country-wide implementation of the programme on the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT).
Minister of Community Development Mother and Child Health Emerine  said in a statement made available to the Daily Mail that more than 95 percent  of women attending ante-natal services are tested for HIV and most of them now receive antiretroviral treatment.
“The success of the country`s EMTCT programme has been the result of the introduction of the more efficacious prophylactic ARV regimens for EMTCT which offered the promise of a relatively simple low cost intervention that could substantially reduce the risk of HIV transmission from mother to baby,” Ms Kabanshi said.
She said the integration of EMTCT into the sex and reproductive health also offers an opportunity to strengthen the programme.
“This is done using the four pronged approach that focuses on primary prevention of HIV, unintended pregnancies among HIV positive women, prevention of HIV transmission from infected mothers to their babies and care and support to HIV infected families,” she said.
And Ms Kabanshi said though Zambia is on track to meeting the national EMTCT targets, it is important to prevent new HIV infections among young women and increase access to family planning services among women living with HIV.
“It is also important to improve quality, timeless and continuity of care for both the mother and the child,” she said.

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