Pregnant Women & Infants

CFM: Improving mother-baby pair retention in integrated maternal and child health and HIV services in Eswatini

Mother-baby pairs who do not continually utilize critical integrated maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and HIV services often have poor health outcomes in resource limited settings. The Community Focal Mother (CFM) model in Eswatini has demonstrated success in improving use of and retention in integrated MNCH and HIV services. This includes final knowledge of HIV status of 18-24 month infants, timely vaccination, and provision of mother baby health visits. Trained CFMs visit all mother baby pairs in their homes before they miss a visit to encourage continued attendance at health facilities for care. This model has seen 100 percent retention in services of mother baby pairs since its inception in 2017; all children have completed their child welfare visits per the Ministry of Health recommended schedule and received key integrated HIV and MNCH services.


Increasing Access and Coverage of HIV-1 Early Infant Diagnosis through Use of Point of Care Testing in Mozambique

Mozambique has demonstrated the feasibility and impact of the use of point of care testing (POCT) for early infant diagnosis (EID), resulting in significantly reduced turnaround times and increased rates of antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. Strong partnership between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other stakeholders was key to successful implementation.