Mother & Child Health

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:

  1.  HIV infection among women of child-bearing age
  2. Unintended pregnancy among HIV-positive women
  3.  Transmission from HIV-positive women to their babies
  4. Provision of treatment, care, and support to HIV-positive parents and their children

Helping parents and their new babies

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:

  • Timely antenatal clinic booking
  • HIV counselling and testing to pregnant ladies to their partner
  • Postnatal follow up of women and infants
  • Infant-feeding practices
  • Initiation of antenatal clinic patients on AZT or lifelong ART
  • Retesting rates for pregnant women who test negative

Strengthening antenatal health care services

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.