PMTCT at Umunthu helped this HIV positive mother give birth to her HIV negative baby girl.

The PMTCT under AVERT funded Project. Above-HIV positive mother gave birth to an HIV negative baby girl [now 6 months old] in Bangwe, Blantyre, Malawi. Case study: Doreen, a 30 year old divorcee, came to get tested at the AVERT funded voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) clinic in Bangwe district, Blantyre, Malawi, when she was pregnant. She had heard about the services through people in her community. The results showed that she was HIV positive. She became nervous that the virus would be transmitted to the baby she was expecting. However, the VCT Counselor provided her with post test counseling, which brought her hope that there are ways of averting the virus being passed to her child. She was referred to the anti-natal clinic at Bangwe Health Centre where she enlisted for the prevention from mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programme. She was prescribed with Nevirapine tablets, which she was advised to take when she started feeling labour pains. She took the tablets and rushed to the maternity clinic. When she delivered a baby girl, the baby was also given Nevirapine syrup within 72 hours of its birth. When the baby was tested for HIV, the result was negative. The HIV negative result was also confirmed during the second test after 6 months. The baby continues to live a healthy life, which her mother had not dreamed would be possible. Doreen is now on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and is very grateful to the project.
Thursday, 10 November, 2011