Within the framework of the strategy paper between Flanders and Mozambique this project is situated in the sector of health care and reproductive health. Preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is one of the priorities of the Mozambique Ministry of Health.
Duration and budget
An amount of 260,000 euros has been appropriated for this project which ends in 2014.
Just like other countries in southern Africa, Mozambique has to contend with the consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The government attaches great importance to prevention, family planning and the monitoring of patients during the antiretroviral therapy (ARV). However, the current health care system is insufficiently capable of closely monitoring the patients and guaranteeing their treatment. Specific care is required to provide assistance to pregnant women with HIV.
Viva Africa has been active in Mozambique since 2002. The DREAM centres are located in 10 districts throughout the country. With support from Flanders, among others, this DREAM project wants to allow pregnant women to use high-quality maternity care, with special attention being devoted to the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The following project results were formulated:
- A DREAM facility, available in the city of Matola, which is specialised in PMTCT care and which has the necessary equipment at its disposal.
- Training courses in PMTCT are available for 60 social and health workers.
- PMTCT care in accordance with the WHO option B for preventing mother to child HIV transmission is available in the facilities of Maputo, Beira (Sofala) and Quelimane (Zambesia).