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In Ethiopia, more HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus
By Indrias Getachew
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 1 August 2012 – Adanech* rushed to the Saris Health Centre in Addis Ababa when her labour pains started.
Like every mother in the world, she hoped to deliver a healthy baby. But Adanech is HIV positive, and without appropriate care, she could pass on the virus to her baby.
“I want my child to be free [of HIV],” said she said. “I don’t want my child to share my fate. That’s what I wish for.”
Because of an effective mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme at the health centre, supported by UNICEF and its partners, Adanech has an excellent chance of having her wish come true.
Supporting mothers living with HIV
Rahel Wondafrash, the nurse in the delivery room, handed Adanech a dose of prophylactic medicine. This is part of a regimen of medicines for mothers and babies to help prevent HIV transmission.
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