ViiV Healthcare joins fight against mother to child HIV transmission

by Trust Matsilele 0

The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) has escalated the fight against mother to child transmission of HIV.

The organisation announced about 103 grants for 2015 totalling five million UK pounds.

“Fifty-four new grants and 49 extensions will be funded to support community responses to help end mother to child transmission of HIV thereby delivering crucial services to mothers, children and HIV affected families,” the organisation said.

PACF partners with local organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children affected by HIV, and the communities they live in.

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All PACF projects work to strengthen ties between these communities, local health systems and governments, so that more families have access to information, prevention measures, testing and care for HIV.

“Together these interventions safeguard women’s and their families’ health in an effort to meet the targets set out in the Global Plan towards the elimination of new infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive,” reads a statement by ViiV Healthcare.

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV Company established dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV.

PACF partners address a range of factors related to mother to child transmission of HIV in their community, ranging from promoting women’s and girls’ access to education and health services, to testing infants early for HIV, to improving retention of mothers in local HIV services.

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According to the Global Plan statistics, the total number of new HIV infections in children was halved between 2009 and 2011 in low- and middle-income countries.

The Global Plan predicts that by 2015, the number of children acquiring HIV infection can be reduced by 90 per cent from the baseline year of 2009.

The Global Plan, launched by UNAIDS and the United States Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, includes two ambitious targets for 2015: reduce the number of children newly infected with HIV by 90 per cent;  and reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women living with HIV by 50 per cent.

According to the Global Plan, about 199,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2013, less than half the number in 2003, when the number of children acquiring HIV infection peaked at 570,000.

In 2015, more than 50 organisations will be partnering with PACF for the first time. Thanks to these new partnerships, PACF will be reaching into previously unsupported countries, including Togo, Angola and Colombia. Their work will extend into 25 countries.

“It has been a rewarding year for PACF in terms of the quality, number and geographical coverage of grants awarded with increased focus on the support of small scale projects,” said PACF Board Chair Catherine Peckham.