2013 FEB 25 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Immune System Diseases and Conditions. According to news reporting originating from Washington, District of Columbia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The World Health Organization (WHO) revised its global recommendations on treating pregnant women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with antiretrovirals and preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. Initial draft recommendations issued in November 2009 were followed by a full revised guideline in July 2010."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, "The 2010 recommendations on PMTCT have important implications in terms of planning, human capacity and resources. Ministries of health therefore had to adapt their national guidelines to reflect the 2010 PMTCT recommendations, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation tracked the adaptation process in the 14 countries where it provides technical support. In doing so it sought to understand common issues, challenges, and the decisions reached and to properly target its technical assistance. In 2010, countries revised their national guidelines in accordance with WHO's most recent PMTCT recommendations faster than in 2006; all 14 countries included in this analysis formally conducted the revision within 15 months of the 2010 PMTCT recommendations' release. Governments used various processes and fora to make decisions throughout the adaptation process; they considered.factors such as feasibility, health delivery infrastructure, compatibility with 2006 WHO guidelines, equity and cost. Challenges arose; in some cases the new recommendations were implemented before being formally adapted into national guidelines and no direct guidance was available in various technical areas."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "As future PMTCT guidelines are developed, WHO, implementing partners and other stakeholders can use the information in this paper to plan their support to ministries of health."
For more information on this research see: Country adaptation of the 2010 World Health Organization recommendations for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2012;90(12):921-931. Bulletin of the World Health Organization can be contacted at: World Health Organization, Marketing And Dissemination, Ch-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Ghanotakis, Elizabeth Glaser Pediat AIDS Fdn, Washington, DC 20036, United States.
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