Evidence-based practices for retention in care of mother-infant pairs
In the context of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa
Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) have made remarkable progress in scaling up treatment for pregnant women living with HIV and reducing new infections among children.
Key among the remaining challenges to eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the retention of mothers and infants in care through the end of breastfeeding. This postpartum period is critical for supporting mothers to take their antiretroviral medicines as prescribed, providing optimal care for HIV-exposed infants and ensuring early identification and treatment of children who test positive for HIV.
We are therefore pleased to share this important review with recommendations, which examines the bottlenecks to retention in care of mother-infant pairs and offers 10 evidence-based practices to reduce those barriers.