PMTCT in humanitarian settings

Save the Children, UNHCR and UNICEF, on behalf of the IATT to address HIV in humanitarian settings are pleased to share with you two new resources on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in humanitarian settings:

1)  PMTCT in humanitarian settings: lessons learned and recommendations: Part 1

2)  PMTCT in humanitarian settings: implementation guide: Part 2

The first document is a synthesis of experiences from the field, based on a systematic literature review, existing guidelines and grey literature on PMTCT programming in humanitarian action. Over 50 key informant interviews were held with United Nations and Non-governmental Organization representatives with experience developing policies and implementing PMTCT programmes in humanitarian settings.

The second document is a practical series of tools based on Part I developed to improve the implementation of PMTCT services in humanitarian settings but which can be adapted to different contexts. The guide focuses on PMTCT health service delivery including preparedness actions for shocks, and on continuation, or where possible initiation, of ART during the PMTCT risk period or for life.

Many thanks to all of you who helped to contribute to the documents. We recognize that there is more to be learned and we need to learn from each other. Please do help to continue the discussion on PMTCT in humanitarian settings so that we can promote the integration of this guidance  into the way we implement regular programmes.

– What platforms have you used to implement PMTCT services in emergencies? What were some successes? Some challenges? What components from your development programme did you continue which enabled you to continue your programme? What did you need to change or adapt?

– Have emergencies, or preparing for emergencies, provided opportunities to integrate HIV services into broader health services? How so? What more needs to done?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Sarah Karmin (UNICEF), Alice Fay (Save the Children), and Elizabeth Tarney (UNHCR) on behalf of the IATT on HIV and Emergencies


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