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UNICEF’s innovative Mother-Baby-Pack launches in Kenya
UNICEF: A new "Mother-Baby Pack " is being launched in Kenya to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. The Pack is a take-home box of PMTCT drugs designed for women and children who have no access to conventional, high-quality preventive care and contains pre-measured drugs to protect the health of mother and child.
"The scheduled launch of UNICEF’s Mother-Baby Pack in Kenya tomorrow marks the moment when this innovation for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission begins to fulfil its potential to save lives in the developing world. The Mother-Baby Pack is a creative response to an unmet need. Every day, more than 1,000 infants worldwide are infected with HIV during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding. Most are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Without medical help, at least half of these babies will die before their second birthday. But a medical and social intervention known as prevention of mother-to-child transmission, or PMTCT, can safeguard them from HIV – while protecting the health of their mothers.
The Mother-Baby Pack is a take-home box of PMTCT drugs designed for women and children who have no access to conventional, high-quality preventive care. It contains all the anti-retroviral drugs and antibiotics required to protect the health of one mother and child. The medicines are pre-measured and packaged to make it easy for adults to administer them correctly. Only pregnant women living with HIV who do not yet require treatment for their own health will receive Mother-Baby Packs."