Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Course Description

Course Name
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV:
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Main Learning Objectives

  • Understand the core elements for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in obstetrics and gynecology according to WHO’s strategy to prevent HIV infection among infants;
  • Understand the interaction between different maternal and child health care services, HIV/AIDS prevention services. and nongovernmental organizations that provide care to HIV-infected pregnant women and their newborns; and
  • Learn to apply this knowledge in practical settings.
Key Topics

Comprehensive WHO/UNICEF/UNAIDS approach to prevent HIV infection in infants and young children; prevention of HIV among women of reproductive age; family planning among HIV-infected women; HIV C&T in prenatal care; epidemiology and natural history of HIV infection; pregnancy and HIV infection; HIV prevention during pregnancy; prenatal care for HIV-infected women; PMTCT during delivery and postpartum; prevention of postpartum complications; counseling on safe infant feeding options; PMTCT among female IDUs; care and support to women with HIV, their children, and families; follow-up care to newborns and infants born to HIV-infected women; diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections (OIs); PMTCT case management and monitoring and evaluation databases; prevention of occupational exposure to HIV; post-exposure prophylaxis; 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) ;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, clinical sessions, and site visits.
Target Audience Care teams (Ob/Gyns, midwives) from prenatal clinics, women’s consultations, and maternity units.
Maximum class size: 18-24 participants.
Faculty Multidisciplinary, national.
Duration 5-day course.