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Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

Eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and substantially reducing AIDS-related maternal deaths is an international target agreed by governments in 2011. To support this, UNAIDS launched a Global Plan in 2011 to accelerate efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmissions in 22 focus countries.

Faith-based groups have long played a key role in preventing mother to child transmission as they deliver extensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in many of the most hard-to-reach areas of the world. According to the World Health Organization, faith-based groups provide from 30-70% of health care in most African countries.

Within the framework of the Global Plan, some 70 representatives of faith-based organizations, governments and women living with HIV met in late February 2013 to strengthen joint efforts to ensure no child is born with HIV. Over 2 days, they developed recommendations to strengthen partnerships and enhance the complementarity between governments and faith-based health services.

As a result of the consultation, strong follow-up action at national level will be critical in moving from recommendations to action, and intensifying collaboration between African Christian Health Associations, other key faith-based stakeholders, and women living with HIV.

To read more, download the full report, including the key recommendations, as well as the powerpoint presentations from the consultation can be downloaded below: