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The @whatwomenwanthc campaign is calling on young women and girls around the world to share what’s important to them when it comes to maternal and #reproductivehealth. Take the survey and ask the women and girls in your community to do the same: https://t.co/c55LT113iJ

We are excited to join the conversation on #WCD2018

With today’s opening, we officially transitioned from 72nd to 73rd session of #UNGA. I’m so excited for the year ahead!

UNC Gillings alumna @TraciLBaird named CEO of EngenderHealth. Read full coverage here: https://t.co/l3oFl7PtBO @UNCpublichealth #SRHR

Until #familyplanning is a universally available choice in all settings, this human right will not be fully realized.

At #UNGA, @UNFPA and partners are calling for the fulfillment of this unrealized right: https://t.co/pjB2z7Ilwr

#StandUp4HumanRights

We love the pill & all other forms of contraception: allowing millions to plan & space pregnancies. How empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

For World Contraception Day 2018 the Family Planning Voices team share stories that touch our hearts @EngenderHealth strives to put women & girls at the center of the development agenda. Read here: https://t.co/EpQhWKqiEq #FPVoices #SRHR #WCD2018 @K4Health

The issue of #familyplanning is about women’s agency.

Even if a service is available in the community, it’s not effective if women cannot access it. #EWECisME @WorldBank

Are you optimistic about the future? @BillGates and @melindagates are. Read what they have to say and dig into the Goalkeepers Report to learn about the progress we’re making and the generation of leaders making it possible. #Goalkeepers18 https://t.co/7rXvZqPsf6

Expanding access to #contraception & #familyplanning programs is one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty." #FP2020

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

In the absence of any interventions, the likelihood that an HIV-positive mother will transmit the virus to her child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding can range from 15% to 45%. However, this rate can be reduced to levels under 5% with the use of critical prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) interventions, including antiretroviral therapy for the expectant mother and her newborn child, hygienic delivery conditions, and safe infant feeding. Data released in 2013 show great progress in PMTCT over the last decade. Between 2005 and 2012, more than 850,000 new childhood infections were averted in low- and middle-income countries.

PMTCT is critical to saving lives and curbing the impact of the HIV epidemic—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of women living with HIV reside and where infant mortality remains high. In line with recommendations of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, EngenderHealth supports comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs at hospitals in both urban and rural areas in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Our activities in these countries include:

  • Implementing interventions to prevent transmission of HIV during labor, at delivery, and following delivery (This includes counseling on safer delivery practices and safer infant feeding options and the provision of antiretroviral drugs.)
  • Improving one-on-one HIV prevention counseling, HIV testing and counseling, and the treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections
  • Ensuring that mothers and their infants receive regular follow-up care and are referred to HIV treatment and care services as needed
  • Preventing unintended pregnancies by improving family planning services
  • Educating communities about risky behaviors and promote condom use

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