Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)
Pregnant women infected with HIV are at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants during pregnancy, during birth or through breastfeeding. Over 90% of new HIV infections among infants and young children occur through Mother to Child Transmission. 6% of pregnant women receiving antenatal care in Uganda are HIV-infected. Without any intervention, the risk of transmission of infection from the mother to the baby is 22%.
Through strengthening community linkages, referral and follow up pathways to ensure an appropriate PMTCT cascade continuum of response, by making community emphasis towards the primary prevention of HIV among women of reproductive age; prevention of unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV through a rights based approach and better integration at community level of HIV care, treatment and support for women found to be positive and their families. GRONET also ensures that all pregnant women access HTS at facility or community as well as carring out refresher trainings to mid wives to master PMTCT during child birth.