PPTCT/HIV Training of Healthcare Providers

13 Sep, 2013

Pakistan is committed to the global plan for elimination of mother to child HIV transmission (EMTCT by 2015) a goal which is very much achievable if we continue and further strengthen our concerted efforts to reach all the young women in need of prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission services.

Keeping in view Pakistan’s HIV epidemic profile, where HIV is concentrated in key Populations, specifically People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) and also among especially vulnerable populations like migrant workers, who are mostly male, the challenge is to reach their spouses with counseling and testing services and to provide prevention of mother to child transmission services to women who are pregnant and HIV positive.

To improve lives of mothers and save lives of children from this very preventable transmission the Sindh AIDS Control Program (SACP) with the support of UNICEF has established Prevention of Parent To Child Transmission (PPTCT) Center at Civil Hospital, Karachi. In order to improve the effectiveness of these centers it is critical that a proper referral mechanism be established (from hospital’s other specialties) so that all women at risk are made aware of these services and can take their advantage. This also requires capacity building of healthcare providers for proper identification of suspected HIV cases for their referral.

Towards this end SACP with the support of UNICEF is organizing four days training of health professionals at Civil Hospital Karachi from 17th to 20th September 2013. The purpose of this training is to train the health professionals on the basis of HIV, PPTCT, universal precautions and strengthen linkages between hospitals other specialties and HIV treatment/care/support centers.


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