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Project Svetana: Eliminating Pediatric HIV


India has the third-highest burden of HIV infection in the world. Mother to Child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the primary route of HIV transmission among children. In India it is estimated that around 35,255 pregnant women will need Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) services annually. The transmission of HIV from a HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding is called mother-to-child transmission. In the absence of any intervention, transmission rates range from 20% to 45%. This rate can be reduced to below 5% with effective interventions during the periods of pregnancy, labour, delivery and breastfeeding. To achieve the goal of elimination of new HIV infections among children, India has adopted WHO guidelines for preventing Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT).

Project Śvetana, initiated in 2015, is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to scale-up Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV (PPTCT) services in private health sector of 14 states, supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). The initiative builds on SAATHII’s prior experience engaging the private sector in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka with support of EGPAF and MAC/AIDS. As of 2018, the project has been scaled up to 22 states, and includes support to the public sector as well.

For more information, email svetana@saathii.org


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  • Aug 31 2012