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More Effort Needed To Engage HIV-Positive Mothers, Infants In Health Care System

Huffington Post: Countdown to Zero
Mitchell Besser, founder of mothers2mothers

“…Since 2011, the [Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive] has succeeded in catalyzing African governments to develop strategies and direct substantial resources towards reducing pediatric HIV infections and promoting maternal health. … Yet even with this progress a staggering number of children are still infected with HIV — almost 700 each day worldwide, which is one new infection every two minutes. Clearly much more effort is needed to reach the Global Plan’s target of reducing new infections among children by 90 percent by 2015. … By more fully engaging HIV-positive mothers in the health care system, we can ensure that they continue to follow the treatment and interventions so critical to their health and that of their babies” (11/24).

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