Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)
The program being implemented is organized around the 4 Ps concept of Primary Prevention among Adolescents, Pediatric Care and Treatment, Protecting Orphans and Vulnerable children and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
Guyana is one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean with an HIV prevalence rate in the ante-natal setting estimated between 2-3 %. In 2001, the Government of Guyana recognizing this problem, responded by setting up a Pilot PMTCT project in two of the regions with the greatest burden of HIV infection. The program started with 11 sites in 2 of the 10 regions of Guyana. To date they have established sites in all 10 regions of the country. At the start of the program in 2001 there was an uptake of 67% by women accessing antenatal services, to date there is an uptake rate of 97%. PMTCT interventions are now fully integrated into the Maternal and Child (MCH) program and are thus fully linked with Safe motherhood initiatives implemented by the Ministry of Health.
UNICEF has also been identified as the lead agency for PMTCT as well as OVC in Guyana and has assisted the Government of Guyana in developing Strategic Plans on both PMTCT and OVC.
Guyana has now been recognized as having one of the most successful PMTCT programs and is one of three countries being pitched on the Global Website to raise funds for the general funding for PMTCT.
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