Prevention of mother to child transmission
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Providing immediate and effective pediatric cares remains a constant concern
Ensuring better care for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
Taking care of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS is an important component of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS programme. It goes hand in hand with activities aimed at prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
With the support of UNICEF and WHO, St. Camille Medical Center, one of the major hubs for maternal and child health in Ouagadougou, has been part of the pediatric health and prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programme since 2002. In 2006 UNICEF signed an agreement with the Délégation Camilienne to furnish the Center with CFA 50 million (approximately US $100,000) over two years to support HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
In 2005, UNICEF helped St. Camille achieve the following objectives:
- Provide nutritional and food support to 200 children infected or affected by HIV, and to their various families. By the end of the year, 302 families had received food aid provided by funds from UNICEF.
- Ensure medical care for HIV positive children, or for some whose HIV status is unknown. The project monitored 273 children born to HIV-positive mothers. Of this number, in accordance with the wishes of the mothers, 53 will wait till age 18 be tested for their status. A further 91 were found to be HIV positive and of these 39 are under treatment with anti retroviral drugs. Five of the 273 children have died.
- Ensure psycho-social care, treatment and medical follow up at home for at least 50 children. Between December 2005 and March 2006 officials from Saint Camille visited 100 children at home for counseling on psycho-social issues, hygiene, and as needed, help with administering anti-retroviral drugs.
- Provide economic and social support to 200 households through the development of income generating activities; and provide schooling support to 500 children.
- UNICEF support also enabled St. Camille to provide some households with the means to store medicines at home and over 330 homes with at least two mosquito nets each.