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Progress of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV at primary healthcare facilities and district hospitals in three South African provinces


, : Progress of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV at primary healthcare facilities and district hospitals in three South African provinces. South African Medical Journal 102(2): 81-83

Improving national prevention of mother-to-child (PMTCT) services in South Africa has been challenging. PMTCT outcomes were analysed at 58 primary and secondary level antenatal facilities across seven high HIV-burden sub-districts in three provinces, over an 18 month period during which new South African PMTCT clinical guidelines were implemented and a nurse quality mentor program was expanded. Early infant HIV DNA polymerase chain reaction test positivity reduced by 75.2% from 9.7% (CI: 8.1%-11.5%) to 2.4% (CI: 1.9%-3.1%); p<0.0005. HIV test positivity at 18 months of age decreased by 64.5% from 10.7% (CI: 7.2-15.1%) to 3.8% (CI: 2.4-5.6%); p<0.0005. PMTCT outcomes have improved substantially at these facilities.

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