Despite Kinks In Progress, Kenya Takes Steps Toward Zero New HIV Infections
Inter Press Service: Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters
In Kenya, “PMTCT [prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment] coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).” However, “[e]xperts agree on the main reason behind the reduction in PMTCT — disruptions in the health services. In December 2011, doctors went on strike to pressure the government to put more money into health care. In March 2012, nurses staged a two-week long strike, and five months later doctors again went on strike for nearly three weeks. … ‘But overall, PMTCT uptake has been on the rise’…” (Gathigah, 1/29).