67 000 babies saved from HIV/AIDS

2011-06-10 07:19

About 67 000 babies were saved from getting HIV from their mothers since the government improved its prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme (PMTCT).

The State now believes it is possible to totally eradicate the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their babies in South Africa by 2015, according to the report published by The Star today.

This comes after government announced yesterday that it had slashed the HIV transmission rate from pregnant mothers to their babies to 3.5 percent, potentially sparing about 67 000 babies from HIV infection.

“It is winnable to prevent all HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus on to their babies, but we now have to concentrate on the care of babies after birth,” said Precious Robinson, deputy director of the government’s PMTCT, at the SA Aids Conference in Durban. 

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