Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV for Decision Makers

Course Description

Course Name
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV for Decision Makers
Main Learning Objectives
  • Understand core elements for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) according to WHO strategies and protocols;
  • Learn approaches for program management and monitoring and evaluation and review an effective model currently being used in a program for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)of HIV;
  • Study the experience of integrating a PMTCT program into maternal and child healthcare service systems; and
  • Learn about the interaction and coordination among various entities within maternal and child healthcare systems, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment systems, and nongovernmental organizations that address PMTCT.
Key Topics Comprehensive WHO/UNICEF/UNAIDS approach to prevent HIV infection in infants and young children; prevention of HIV among women of reproductive age; prevention of unintended pregnancies among HIV-infected women; main elements of PMTCT during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum; counseling during pregnancy and after delivery; PMTCT for female IDUs; follow-up care to infants born to HIV-infected women; care and support for women with HIV, their children, and their families; monitoring and evaluation of PMTCT programmes; case management and the PMTCT monitoring and evaluation database; integration of PMTCT into the MCH system; cooperation with NGOs; prevention of occupational exposure to HIV; and WHO protocols (March 2004) and national recommendations on PMTCT and related issues.
Key Teaching Documents and Materials Provided
  • Strategic Framework to Prevent HIV Infection among Infants in Europe (WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, 2004);
  • WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Protocols for European Region (2006);
  • Relevant national protocols and policies;
  • A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV (Jean Anderson, editor, 2001);
  • PMTCT Case Management Monitoring and Evaluation Database: Practical Guide for Installation and Software (CD-Rom); and
  • Comprehensive set of course slides and handouts.

*Materials are available in Russian and English in both print and electronic formats

Teaching Methods Presentations, small group discussions, role-play, case studies, and site visits.
Target Audience Decision makers from AIDS Centers, MCH institutions, maternity units that handle deliveries for HIV-infected women, and NGOs involved in PMTCT.
Maximum class size: 18-24 participants.
Faculty National.
Duration 3-day course.