First workshop on mother-to-child HIV transmission held in Turkmenistan
Workshops for healthcare professionals on HIV transmission to be rolled out across the country
Ashgabat, 6 February 2008 – The first ever workshop for health professionals dedicated to tackling the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission(PMTCT) of HIV has been held in Turkmenistan.
UNICEF supported the Ministry of Health and the Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to organise a ‘train-the-trainers’ workshop on PMTCT, and then supported these new trainers as they led the first workshop on this issue in the country for paediatricians, gynaecologists, and other health specialists.
Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission is one of the four focus areas of the campaign “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” launched by UNICEF and UNAIDS in 2005 to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide. The campaign stresses that the national AIDS policies should prioritise prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and that the governments should promote this. Governments are also urged to integrate prevention of mother-to-child transmission into maternal and infant health care as well as linking it to other services such as drug treatment and counselling.