Our “Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission” (PMTCT) activities enroll the largest amount of HIV+ patients at the clinic in Mali, and it is one of GAIA’s major programs.
To date and with your support, we have screened over 10,000 pregnant women since the program was launched!
We also completed the renovation of our maternity ward and raised sufficient funds to build two new delivery rooms, replace the tiles and paint the walls. We want to improve our ability to provide care and strengthen the good rapport between the clinic staff and the mothers. Our Director, Dr. Karamoko Tounkara also arranged for PCR testing of babies to be done at Sikoro, making the Hope Center Clinic and CSCOM one of the first community-based clinic in Bamako to do so.
Our GAIA collaborators in Mali are finishing our 2011 annual report; it already shows that the percentage of women who accepted PMTCT grew from 35% in 2005 to 100% since 2010. The “Chez Rosalie” program currently has 41 children of HIV+ mothers enrolled in regular follow-up and 100% of the babies whose HIV-positive moms successfully took the medication at the clinic are HIV negative to date!
Needless to say each contribution matters! Identifying and following HIV-positive women is the most effective method to reach out to the rest of their families, where others may be infected as well.