New project to strengthen and expand PMTCT services launches in Burundi
Earlier this month, FHI 360 and its partners in Burundi launched a new three-year project designed to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child (PMTCT). Among those attending the launch were the U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, Dawn M. Liberi, and the Minister of Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS in Burundi, Dr. Sabine Ntakarutimana.
The PMTCT Acceleration Project, funded by the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), aims to quickly scale up high-quality facility- and community-based PMTCT services in four provinces of Burundi: Bujumbura City, Bujumbura Rural, Gitega and Ngozi. The project also focuses on preventing HIV in women of childbearing age; decreasing unwanted pregnancies among HIV-positive women; and providing care and support for women, infants and families living with HIV.
The new PMTCT Acceleration Project builds on the successes of the ROADS I and II Projects, which increased access to a range of HIV prevention and treatment services. Under ROADS, the number of sites that provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission services increased from 14 in 2006 to 163 in May 2013.
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