|National program for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Thailand|
AUTHOR: S. Kanshana and R. Simonds
In Thailand, a national program to prevention mother-to-child HIV transmission began in 2000. Elements of the program included voluntary counseling and HIV testing of pregnant women, a short course of zidovudine for HIV-infected women and their infants, and formula feeding for infants. Research, monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects, training and policy-making provided an essential foundation for the program. The authors estimate that further implementation of the program could reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission from 30 percent to less than 10 percent.
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