Vital Voices: Recommendations from consultations with people living with HIV on the IATT’s Strategic Framework for PMTCT

From December 2010 to February 2011, GNP+ and ICW Global held a series of consultations with people living with HIV to gather their perspectives and personal experiences on how programmes and services that seek to prevent the transmission of HIV from a mother to a child should be organised and run. The recommendations from people living with HIV were shared with the Interagency Task Team (IATT) for Prevention of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mothers, and their Children to support them in strengthening a strategic framework they are developing for the primary prevention of HIV among women of reproductive age and the prevention of unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV (components 1 and 2 of PMTCT).

The consultations revealed that greater uptake of PMTCT services is facilitated by the following:

  • the decentralization of services to communities;
  • the provision of accurate information, in a non-judgmental and supportive manner to people living with HIV and their partners;
  • the recognition of individual rights when testing for HIV;
  • the presence of peer support as part of post-test counseling and PMTCT programming;
  • the education of healthcare providers on the rights of individuals accessing services;
  • and the responsible use of language on sexual and reproductive health

For further information about the consultations held, the findings and the recommendations, please see the following reports:

  • Vital Voices Factsheet
  • GNP+ and ICW Recommendations on PMTCT Framework
  • Appendix_B1_PMTCT_E-consultation_Report_April_2011
  • Appendix_B2_PMTCT_FDGs_Report_April_2011
  • Appendix_B3_PMTCT_E-survey_Report_April_2011
  • Appendix_B4_PMTCT_Experts_Teleconference_Report_April_2011