The South African government has rethought its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, and promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV.
In developing countries HIV-positive mothers are encouraged to exclusively breast-feed their infants for the first six months.
For the last few years, UNICEF has been working with partners on an innovation to address issues related to HIV/AIDS and PMTCT – the Mother-Baby Pack.
A shortage of money means Uganda is unlikely to shift its PMTCT programmes to a more efficient UN World Health Organization (WHO) regimen soon, say government officials.
The high cost of maternity and health care, the lack of a proper follow-up system, and a limited ability to diagnose HIV infection early in babies means many Zimbabwean children are not being caught by the safety net that the PMTCT programme was intended to provide.
Halfway through a 10-year campaign to reverse the spread of AIDS, UNICEF and its partners are making significant progress in preventing mothers from passing the disease onto their children.
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Government and a host of different stakeholders have come up with ways to reduce neonatal deaths in Gauteng hospitals.