With treatment and access to HIV care, all children of HIV infected mothers can be born HIV Free. Providing HIV treatment to the mother prior to childbirth and during breastfeeding can prevent HIV.
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.
Between 2005 and 2009, GAIA Vaccine foundation helped screen more than 6,000 women for HIV infection in Bamako. The number of HIV-positive women accepting treatment increased from 35% in 2005 to 90% in 2009, due to GAIA VF's efforts.