Imagine a world where every child is born free of HIV and every mother, regardless of HIV status, has the chance to live a long and full life. Every year millions of women, newborns, and children die from preventable causes, including AIDS.
Over the past decade, many countries have made substantial progress in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. Still, many women and children lack access to effective and affordable treatments, as well as quality primary care services.
The recent establishment of the Global Task Team on the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children and Keeping Their Mothers Alive marks a strategic shift from treating HIV infections to a more ambitious goal of improved maternal and child health and an HIV-free generation. Ultimately, a global focus on HIV elimination can lead to better health outcomes and stronger health systems supporting maternal and child health from the local to the global level.
As a Global Task Team member, Tapestry is working with other partners to:
Building a sustainable platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen country-led approaches to eliminate pediatric HIV
The global community is shifting its focus from providing an emergency HIV/AIDS response to supporting sustainable, country-driven HIV solutions leading to more integrated health systems. Effective and sustainable national Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) plans not only offer an opportunity to deliver on an achievable goal of elimination of vertical HIV transmission, but also can serve as a foundation for improving overall maternal and child health. Seizing this opportunity requires greater levels of national leadership from governments and the active involvement of local communities.
Global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children
In June, 2011 Tapestry joined leaders from countries, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to develop a global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive. Created under the leadership of UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and United States Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, the plan supports pregnant women living with HIV and their children, from pregnancy until the mother stops breastfeeding.