UNAIDS strategy goal by 2015:
- Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated and AIDS-related maternal mortality reduced by half.
The virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission is possible by 2015. Significant progress has been made in the past decade. Infection rates among children born to mothers living with HIV have declined by 26% from 2001 to 2009. However, much more needs to be done to prevent mothers from dying and babies from becoming infected with HIV. HIV is the leading cause of mortality in women of reproductive age. Without intervention about one in three children born to HIV-infected mothers will be infected. UNAIDS calls for scaling up access to and the use of quality regimens and services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, ensuring mothers have continued access to HIV treatment, and scaling up access to sexual and reproductive health services and reproductive rights for women and their partners.
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