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Janet Vows To End Mother-to-child HIV Tansmissions

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order http://decisionpro.biz/templates/yoo_revista/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_finder/search/default_form.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In her popular catchphrase, “Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission (eMTCT),” Mrs. Janet Museveni is confident that her set of interventions will reduce the risk of an HIV+ mother passing on HIV to her baby.

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According to a survey made in this area, it has been realised that more than 95% of HIV infections in children under 5 years old are acquired through MTCT.

“These children have a 50 percent chance of dying before they are 2 years old, but this is preventable,” the survey elaborates.

The Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission intervention has been proved to “effectively reduce the number of children infected with HIV from their HIV+ mothers”.

However, this happens if the intervention is properly implemented and fully utilised.

So far, with the support of Mrs. Janet Museveni, the campaign to eliminate the transmission of HIV to unborn babies has been launched in four regions – Lango, Ankole, Karamoja and Tororo.

The next campaign will sweep through Kampala district – Makindye, Kawempe, Rubaga, Nakawa and Central divisions as spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady, Ministry of Health, Uganda AIDS Commission, KCCA and several partners.

A rally marking the climax of eMTCT campaign launch in Kampala will take place at Kololo Airstrip on Friday, 22nd November, 2013.

ChimpReports has learnt that this campaign targets men and women of 18-45 years; couples (cohabiting or married), pregnant and breastfeeding women, their partners and people living with HIV.

These groups have been urged to go to the nearest health facility for free-HIV services being offered by several medical teams in and around Kampala.

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