Xinhua News Agency (02.01.12) - Monday, February 06, 2012
Uganda has launched a new HIV/AIDS prevention strategy for the
elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015, a
senior ministry of health official said Wednesday. Objectives
include adopting of a more cost-effective treatment regimen,
improving health infrastructure, and increasing women's access
to family planning.
Uganda's HIV prevalence among pregnant women is 6.5 percent,
which amounts to 90,000 HIV-positive pregnant women annually,
said Zainab Akol, program manager at the AIDS Control Program.
About 25,000 babies are infected each year. "We in the ACP and
our partners are fully determined to eliminate mother-to-child
transmission of HIV in the next five years," Akol said.
Uganda began offering ARVs to prevent mother-to-child HIV
infections in 2000, and it introduced a combination regimen to
the program in 2006. However, delivery of the drugs has not
been consistent - a problem the new plan aims to address.
Of the nearly 1.2 million people who have HIV in Uganda, more
than 200,000 were infected perinatally; the majority are
women; and 10 percent are children under age 15, Akol said. As
part of its prevention strategy, Uganda's AIDS information
center will implement a circumcision campaign targeting males