dr madzorera.jpgZimbabwe has joined the community of nations in support of the global goal to eliminate new pediatric HIV infections and reduce mother to child transmission rates to less than 5% by 2015.

With the country having reduced its HIV and AIDS prevalence rate to about 13,8%, government is now prioritising the elimination pediatric HIV infections.

Health and Child Welfare Minister, Dr Henry Madzorera expressed the government’s commitment to the goal of eliminating the infections.

“We are committed to eliminate the new pediatric HIV infections as failure to do so will result in about 15 000 children being infected this year,” Dr Madzorera said.

The country Director of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Dr Agnes Mahomva said to date, the foundation supports 815 Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) sites throughout the country and has provided nearly 900 000 women with PMTCT services covering all the 62 districts.

“We have mobilised resources to ensur e that we cover all the
Country’s districts including the remote areas,” she said.

PMTCT services in Zimbabwe began with 3 pilot projects in 1999 followed by a national roll out in 2002, which covered 1 560 sites in
2009.