Thursday, August 2, 2012

Retaining children in HIV care

Rene Ekpini of UNICEF. © IAS/Steve Shapiro -
However, a variety of schemes show that this situation can be remedied.
One, implemented in Malawi, includes the provision of lifelong HIV treatment to all HIV-positive pregnant women, regardless of their CD4 cell count.
Another intervention in Zimbabwe has increased rates of diagnoses among children.
A number of practical measures – often with the local community playing a pivotal role – were also improving the retention of children in care.
These included:
  • Use of community volunteers to accompany children to clinic appointments.
  • Patient advocacy.
  • Provision of transport vouchers.

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