Right to Care is passionate in ensuring the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to infants (PMTCT) during pregnancy, delivery, and breast-feeding. This is a critical, cost-effective, healthcare intervention where we want to ensure that all pregnant women seek health care before they are 20 weeks along.
We support the National Health Programme and work towards the Millennium Development Goals. We concentrate on prevention of:
During the pregnancy and after the birth of the baby we provide treatment, care, and support to HIV-positive parents. Special care includes TB screening and prevention, nutritional supplementation, appropriate infant-feeding practices, and improvement in antenatal care and child health services.
It includes other interventions, such as:
With our oversight and guidance antenatal clinic HIV counselling and testing uptake in Right to Care supported facilities is 98%, above national baseline of 95%. Right to Care has developed standard operation procedures in accordance with National Department of Health guidelines and implemented at all our supported sites.
The chief challenges facing the programme are getting pregnant women to book early for antenatal care (before 20 weeks) and involving male partners for couples counselling and testing.