Eliminating Paediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe
Funded by the World Health Organization, the research on Eliminating of Paediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe is a four year study which started in 2012 in which an assessment of the feasibility and acceptability of an integrated model of PMTCT care by providing critical information on the uptake and effectiveness of comprehensive services to prevent the spread of HIV from mothers to their exposed infants with early initiation of ART in HIV-infected infants will be dealt with. The goal is to eliminate paediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe specifically to test whether Mother Support Groups based at health facilities increase retention of HIV- exposed infants in PMTCT programs. The project is targeting hard to reach areas in two districts of Manicaland Province. The districts are Makoni and Mutare. Thirty clinics were randomly selected into the study, 15 from each district. There are 15 control clinics and 15 intervention clinics. The 15 interventions clinics were randomly selected as follows: 9 in Makoni and 6 in Mutare while the fifteen control clinics were as follows, 9 in Mutare and 6 in Makoni. In 2015, a total of 394 HIV+ pregnant women were enrolled in the study through an inclusion criteria set. Two hundred and eighty (99.3%) babies delivered so far had negative dry blood spot results. Only two babies out of the 280 became positive. Data abstraction and verification for all the enrolled mothers was captured in the database.