Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV has contributed to the reduction in the number of vertical transmission in Fiji. There has been an increasing focus on prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) with the provision of HIV testing to pregnant women attending antenatal clinics (ANCs). Globally and nationally we have seen PPTCT services reduce HIV infections in children.
The need for Prevention of Transmission of HIV from Parents to Child is paramount for the Ministry to achieve its targets of Zero New HIV Infections which prevents transmission of HIV from Parent to Child, and secondly to reduce maternal deaths secondary to any AIDS related Illness, which contributes to Millenium Development Goal 5 and Zero AIDS related deaths Goals by UN.
PPTCT in Fiji has come a long way since the beginning more than 10 years ago. The health facility services have changed significantly. There wasn’t treatment before for mothers who were HIV positive but since the program of PPTCT came into the picture HIV positive families are able to have children who are negative for HIV. We have seen many success stories in the country.
Keywords: counselling, testing, clinic, treatment, prevention, women