Church Involvement in Programmes for the Prevention of Vertical Transmission of HIV. 06/08/07

“Focused Church Based Action for PMTCT Case Studies of Tearfund Partner PMTCT Programs in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe” (Oct 2006) is a report that highlights opportunities and challenges faced by Christian organizations and churches in scaling up prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Africa.

Good practice recommendations from this report include:

  • testing parents for HIV (highest rates occur if routine testing of both parents is promoted. It requires a process of group counselling followed by same day testing and couple or counselling when giving results);
  • involving men,
  • issuing Nevirapine for mothers and infants;
  • clarifying infant feeding messages;
  • accessing CD4 counts;
  • supplying Cotrimoxazole (together with provide supportive policies, training and supplies);
  • ensuring safer delivery;
  • integrating prevention activities with community activities;
  • monitoring PMTCT program for program performance;
  • sensitizing church leaders to PMTCT;
  • scaling up; and
  • communicating what the church is doing and achieving

The report (1.2MB) is available here

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