Two thirds of pregnant women with HIV in poor countries fail to get treatment to prevent vertical transmission

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b578
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Changes in global, regional, and national responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic are required to meet the needs of millions of children and their families in the worst affected countries, according to a report from the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. The initiative is an independent alliance of researchers, policy makers, activists, and people with HIV.

    It calls for greater emphasis on strengthening families and communities and says new approaches are needed to tackle the combined impact of HIV, poverty, food insecurity, and social inequality.

    Only one in three pregnant women with HIV in low and middle income countries get the treatment they need to prevent infection of their babies, according to the report, …

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