Expert Panel Provides Recommendations for Scaling up PMTCT Programs

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In Focus

An independent panel of experts, established under the Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, provides an objective review of activities to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and makes recommendations to Congress and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for the scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. The report makes specific recommendations for strengthening 1) service delivery; 2) health workforce; 3) health information systems, targets, and monitoring and evaluation; 4) research and innovations; 5) financing; 6) leadership and governance; and 7) collaboration and coordination.

To reduce mother-to-child transmission, the panel recommends a comprehensive continuum of services that is consistent with the woman- and family-centered approach articulated as a priority for U.S. government initiatives. Among other themes, the report emphasized the need for improved engagement, better measurement, cost-effective practices, improved training and mentoring, and service integration.

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PEPFAR Expert Panel on PMTCT