XIX International AIDS Conference

SUSA21 Together We Can: Achieving Virtual Elimination of New Pediatric HIV Infections in Zimbabwe by 2015 Through Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
  Non-Commercial Satellite
Venue: Session Room 5
Time: 22.07.2012, 11:15 - 13:15
Chair: Agnes Mahomva, Zimbabwe
Organiser: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Zimbabwe
The Government of Zimbabwe recently set a goal of reducing the vertical HIV transmission rate to <5% by 2015. In support of this goal, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), together with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCW), launched a massive effort in 2010 to scale up a wide range of PMTCT interventions using the country's recent national adoption of the revised 2010 WHO PMTCT guidelines (Option A) as a catalyst. Early results of these efforts have been extremely promising. Between 2010 and 2011, the proportion of facilities providing combination maternal ARV prophylaxis in line with the 2010 PMTCT guidelines increased from 8% to 86%, while the proportion of treatment-eligible HIV-positive pregnant women initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) increased from 7% to 30%.

This session, moderated by EGPAF Zimbabwe Country Director Dr. Agnes Mahomva, will feature first-hand accounts from MOHCW, donors, and other partners on steps that have resulted in such rapid progress.

Opening remarks

C. Lyons, United States

An innovative model for rapid scale-up of PMTCT services to achieve virtual elimination of new pediatric HIV infections

A. Mahomva, Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe National Plan for Elimination of New HIV Infections in Children

A. Mushavi, Zimbabwe

Implementing a novel district approach to strengthen PMTCT services: The District Focal Person model

B. Chikwinya, Zimbabwe

Achieving maximum impact: Increasing access to ART eligibility screening and treatment initiation for HIV-positive pregnant women

A. Muchedzi, Zimbabwe

Communicating for elimination: harnessing the power of national agenda setting and mass media campaigns

C. Zinyemba, Zimbabwe
T. Magure, Zimbabwe

Translating national policies into action: local NGO perspectives

T. Ndoro, Zimbabwe

Donor perspectives: what it will take to make "Getting to Zero" a reality

P. McDermott, United Kingdom

Building on the Zimbabwe experience to achieve global elimination of new HIV infections in children

N. Hellmann, United States

Moderated panel discussion

Closing remarks

A. Mahomva, Zimbabwe


    The organizers reserve the right to amend the programme.

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