HIV transmission from mother to child takes place during birth in 90% of cases. In 10% of cases, transmission occurs due to transmission in mother's milk. Providing HIV treatment to the mother prior to childbirth and during breastfeeding can prevent nearly 100% of HIV transmission.
We are currently testing all of the babies born to women attending the clinic during this five year period - so far all of the babies of mothers who participated in the mother to child HIV transmission program are HIV free.
Over the course of 10 years (2005-2015) GAIA tested 15,439 pregnant women for HIV. That's 99% of women seen for prenatal care at the Hope Center Clinic in Sikoro, Mali. One of our patients explained how the program had saved her most recent child: "I've had two children infected with HIV, one passed away and the other is still with me. The boy who is sitting on my lap isn't infected because I had already learned to take the ARVs."