Zimbabwe 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 governmentâ€™s commitment to the goal of eliminating the infections.
â€œWe 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,â€ 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.
â€œWe have mobilised resources to ensur e that we cover all the
Countryâ€™s districts including the remote areas,â€ 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