HIV/Aids

01 August 2007

Dual HIV therapy to prevent MTCT

The health department is preparing to introduce dual therapy to improve prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV

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The health department is preparing to introduce dual therapy to improve prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of HIV.

The National Strategic Plan for HIV and Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections - adopted by cabinet earlier this year - allows for introducing dual therapy for reducing mother-to-child-transmission, the department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the move from single-dose nevirapine to dual therapy (nevirapine and AZT) had been discussed by the National Health Council (NHC), which included the Minister and health MECs.

The discussions centred on recommendations by the Medical Research Council, National Essential Drugs Committee, and the Medicines Control Council to move to dual therapy.

The NHC took a decision to evaluate the use of nevirapine in reducing mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.

The NHC also considered implications for implementation, including training and capacity of health workers, adherence counselling, and support to women.

Further work was now being done to improve guidelines and facilitate appropriate training for health workers, stock management, monitoring of resistance and information management for the introduction of such a therapy, the department said. – (Sapa)

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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Preventing Mother-to-Baby transmission

 

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