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2008.03.18

* UNICEF: Mobile Testing and Treatment Fight HIV/AIDS in Zambia’s Mpika District
* 시간 : 00:02:37
* 01 NOV 2007


As part of its HIV and AIDS response in Zambia, UNICEF, together with the government and local partners, is working to educate eople about PMTCT, or Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission.

It is estimated that 16% of Zambians are HIV positive. At the Keemba Clinic, midwife Rose Namilinga conducts meetings to educate local families about the process. She encourages women to bring their husbands to get tested for HIV and learn about PMTCT.


SOUNDBITE: Rose Namilinga, nurse, Keemba Clinic: “If the father encourages the mother and he supports the mother, especially feeding, this will help the baby not getting the virus. And it will be easier for the woman to find food to feed the child since the child weans at six months. So it will be easy for the woman if she is supported by the husband.”

One of the key components to success of PMTCT is for the mother to use exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, including mothers who are HIV positive. Small rural clinics like this one are attempting to involve the father to make this possible.

SOUNDBITE: Dr. James Matesamwa, Director, Keemba Clinic: “During the PMTCT intervention, such as breastfeeding for six months, and weaning the child at the 7th month, the husband must know this from the beginning. Otherwise, he will stop the wife from this program if he is not aware.”

On this day, one young couple are tested for HIV. Both are found to be negative. Rose talks to the couple about their options regarding pregnancy, HIV, and planning for the future. Through strong partnership with the Government of Zambia and clinics like this one in Keemba, UNICEF is making an impact to reduce the number of babies born with HIV.

SOUNDBITE: Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Zambia Representative: “At this particular moment, we are reaching somewhere between 25-30 % of all pregnant mothers which means that we can actually probably prevent something like 15-20 thousand children being infected per year… which is a huge success and a very heartwarming thing that I think we have been able to assist the government with.”

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