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Do you agree with Judith Butler that gender is a social construct? #TuesdayThoughts

This month, as dozens of countries observe #MothersDay, we celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers everywhere: https://t.co/EvBCf3KLg3

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Our collaborative initiative Advancing Maternal Health has significantly increased uptake of family planning services across the Kigoma Region in Tanzania. Find out more at https://t.co/ygAYSldYW7

How do you prevent #pregnancy ? Watch as Mariah and Danilea tell you about #birthcontrol and #contraceptives , what options you have and how to get them. #ReMIXAnswers https://t.co/OzAPDRbusH

Learn Julie's story about #relationships, #parenting, and finding the right support. More on our #ReMIX story here: https://t.co/X9d1ruuEX0

We love condoms & all other forms of #contraception! They allow millions to plan & space #pregnancies. How #empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

We Agree! Increasing access to #familyplanning helps women go further in their education, work & life! #WheresTheFP

"I think it is important that men play a role in women's health" - Balor on his decision to get a #Vasectomy: https://t.co/of9xDe4WCb

What makes us smile: when #women & girls have access to #FP so they can go further in school, work & life #WheresTheFP

Planning to travel somewhere fabulous this weekend? Make sure you ask #WheresTheFP?! And let us know: https://t.co/HtLly6JA6s

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

The face of HIV is increasingly young and female. If a woman living with HIV becomes pregnant, there is a 35 percent chance that she will transmit the virus to her newborn if no preventive action is taken. At the end of 2007, there were over 2.5 million children under age 15 living with HIV, most whom contracted the virus from their mothers during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding (UNAIDS). Fortunately, pregnant women who are living with HIV can reduce their chances of passing the virus on to their newborns by 50% by taking antiretroviral drugs (UNICEF). 

Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV is critical to saving lives and curbing the impact of the epidemic—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of women living with HIV live and infant mortality remains high.

In Ethiopia and Tanzania, EngenderHealth has comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs at hospitals in both urban and rural areas. Our activities in these countries include:

  • Implementing interventions to prevent transmission of HIV during labor, delivery, and post-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 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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