Pregnant Women Living With HIV Urged To Regularly Visit Medical Clinics

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Fatma Mrisho, executive director of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, on Friday called on pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in the country to regularly visit medical clinics in order to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, the Daily News reports. Mrisho delivered the message in Tanzania's capital of Dar es Salaam during a briefing on the Children's Special Session International Conference, which will be held on Monday in the city.

The conference, organized by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa, will review progress and steps needed to increase the response to HIV/AIDS among children. More than 14 countries from across East and Southern Africa are expected to be represented at the conference.

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Mrisho said that by regularly attending clinics, women also would be able to access antiretroviral treatment for their children, which could help reduce Tanzania's child mortality rate. Mrisho noted that a survey by the country's health sector found that 11,000 children are living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. "To some extent, the big rate is caused by expectant mothers for failing to attend the medical clinic regularly for check-ups," Mrisho said.

She added that stigmatization of pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS needs to be addressed because it prevents many women from attending clinics (Robi, Daily News, 9/27).

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