KENYA:HIV/Aids Stigma stops Maternal Health treatment

The stigma being seen attending HIV/Aids clinics stopped many HIV-positive pregnant women from accessing vital HIV treatment that could protect them and their unborn children.

However a programme to integrate maternal services and HIV/Aids treatment into a one-stop clinic has proved successful in the fourteen health facilities in Western Province so far been integrated through an initiative by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government estimates about 32,000 babies are infected with HIV at birth every year. Integration of maternal and child health is a major part of the country’s plan to reduce mother-to-child transmission to below 5 percent of the 100,000 mothers who test positive annually.

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