PMTCT: Community support for the health of the mother and child
Since September 2016, l’OPALS has lead and activity focused on the community support of pregnant HIV+ women and children born to HIV+ women in the Yoto district of Togo. This trial activity, based around the health of the mother and child, is the first of its kind in Togo.
To that effect, 25 Community Health Agents (CHA), women ready and equipped, became in charge of the personalized care of the HIV+ pregnant women and the children born the HIV+ mothers. The goal being to help the patients stick with their care, keep up their their ARV treatment, and to assure the follow-up of patients that may move.
After six months of operation, 31 prenant women were monitored by the community, 53 children born to HIV+ mothers were fostered, and 229 pregnant women and 371 children were referred to healthcare facilities for HIV testing.
The activities of the CHA women were regularly supervised and monitored by the community group and by the OPALS team in Togo.
A focus group is being planned to gather the opinions of the patients regarding the program.