Central Asia prevention conference

Here’s a short article from the Kaiser Network about a meeting “to discuss methods of preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission [MTCT] and supporting pediatric HIV/AIDS” in Central Asia, where HIV/AIDS “is on the rise, partly because of cases of MTCT in hospitals.”  The conference, organized by UNICEF, was attended by “delegates from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.”  Here’s an excerpt:

Jimmy Kolker, head of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS office, said, “Europe and Central Asia could be the first regions to eliminate” MTCT. He added, “But to achieve this, we need to reach the most at-risk women with” MTCT prevention methods and “other services, and to reinforce health care systems as a base to support children with HIV/AIDS and their families.” Anna Tereshkina, head of a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Ferghana region of Uzbekistan, said, “It is difficult to overestimate the importance of” the conference. “Through discussing the issues related to HIV-positive people, we show them that we value their fates and lives,” she added (Kazinform, 7/17). 

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~ by h.e.g. on July 22, 2008.

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