FOCUS ON: Happy, Healthy Babies: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Publications - Released in 2015

All babies have the right to a healthy start in life.

Every year, approximately 1.5 million HIV-positive women give birth. If they are unable to access medicine and services, they run the risk of transmitting HIV to their babies during pregnancy, delivery and the breastfeeding period.

Now, with only one pill a day started during pregnancy, along with delivery in a medical facility by a skilled health professional and continued treatment through the breastfeeding period, advances in antenatal care mean that the risk of HIV transmission from mother to baby can be virtually eliminated.


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  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)