Health and Nutrition

Child Health and Nutrition


PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care

©UNICEFNamibia/2013/Manuel Moreno

Ensure access to quality comprehensive "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and pediatric HIV care.

Children, pregnant and lactating mothers.

Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world (2.1 per km2) and access to conventional health services for the majority of the rural population is a major challenge.

Though the country has achieved high coverage of PMTCT and Paediatric HIV care, providing quality services remain a critical factor in reaching all the eligible pregnant women and exposed children. 

HIV prevalence remains high by international standards, while the mother-to-child transmission of HIV was reduced from 33 per cent to 5 per cent in the same period (Ministry of Health 2012).

This programme will therefore aim to ensure that children both from HIV positive mothers are both HIV free, through the delivery of a comprehensive paediatirc HIV care and support.

Male Involvement in PMTCT

©UNICEFNamibia/2011/Manuel Moreno

By the end of 2018, 85% of mothers, adolescents, newborns and under-fives, especially the most vulnerable, benefit from access to health care services, including HIV prevention, care, treatment.

Indicator: HIV transmission rate from mother to child.

Indicator: Number of young people 15-24 tested during last year.





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