PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV

FAROF intervention for Maternal health crosses from pre-pregnancy to age 5 by linking communities, primary health facilities and hospitals.

FAROF in Partnership With Society for Family Health (SFH)

PMTCT Event organised by FAROF

Our Objectives

    We have mobilise over 2000 nursing mother’s accessing Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to also consent all their children for counseling and testing, linking reactive clients to access care and treatment. With collaborative effort with our consortium, we established a total of 23 Youth Friendly Centres, and 107 support groups within the facilities for children (10-19 years of age) who are infected/affected with HIV. We presently have 2,357 for the three target states children (10-19 years of age) that are currently on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART¬).

  1. reduce stigmatization and discrimination to a baseline of about 75%:
  2. Increase Wider awareness of PMTCT within hard to reach areas of the state .
  3. Increase the level of ICT usage for study, research and awareness in hard-to-reach-areas in the state
  4. Build a PMTCT community network follow-up team

STUDY/KNOWLEDGE about HIV, MTCT and PMTCT 

A number of studies have identified the link between knowledge of HIV, MTCT and PMTCT and uptake of PMTCT services.
Conversely, other studies have associated high levels of HIV, MTCT and PMTCT knowledge with lower acceptability of PMTCT.
one study from south-west Nigeria recorded that while 99.8 percent of pregnant women were aware of HIV, had very high knowledge of MTCT (92 percent) and PMTCT (91 percent) - 71 percent had negative views towards the PMTCT of HIV. This was due to other factors such as stigma and discrimination faced by HIV-positive pregnant women.

FAROF launched PMTCT project in North West and North Central of Nigeria (Kaduna State, Abuja and Benue state) leveraging on other partners programmes

HIV Stigma and Discrimination & PMTCT

HIV-related stigma and discrimination affect a pregnant woman's decision to enrol in PMTCT programmes and interrupt adherence to treatment and retention in care. It has been estimated that over 50 percent of vertical HIV transmissions from mother-to-child globally, can be attributed to the cumulative effect of stigma when accessing PMTCT services.

Our PMTCT Program Approach

Effective PMTCT programmes require women and their infants to receive a cascade of interventions including uptake of antenatal services and HIV testing during pregnancy, use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) by pregnant women living with HIV, safe childbirth practices and appropriate infant feeding, uptake of infant HIV testing and other post-natal healthcare services.
Between 2001 and 2012, new HIV infections among children fell by 52 percent. However, in 2012, there were still an estimated 260,000 new HIV infections among this group.
Moreover, there is an even bigger gap in ART provision for children living with HIV. In 2012, only 34 percent of under 15s living with HIV received ART - nearly half adult ART coverage. In priority countries, only 30 percent of children received HIV treatment. Low ART coverage among children is due mainly to shortfalls in early infant diagnosis (EID) with three priority countries reporting EID coverage of less than 5 percent.
THIO/FAROF PMTCT programmes is seeking grants/funds to significantly expand  her outreach approach and in order to meet the target of reducing new HIV infections among children.

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