Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Prevent of parent-to-child transmission of HIV services from PHRII

Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII) Organisation which is involved in the research activities and service to the common women and children, has obtained more than 50 million pounds by Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF), for the next 10 years to improve the health of women and children around the world.

Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, PHRII MD Dr Purnima said that thousands of women are receiving antenatal care and prevention of parent-to-child transmission of HIV services as a result of the Fund's work.

PHRII, Which is working on preventing of mother to child transmission of HIV has provided mobile antenatal care services at 144 villages in Mysore Taluk, screening 1675 women from 2007 to 2010. In which 16 pregnant women of them have been identified with HIV Positive, and the babies are born with HIV negative.

The organisation is currently working on another project for three years (2011-14), where they will be visiting 240 villages. So far, 521 women have been tested, in which two of the pregnant women have been   identified with HIV positive, from 82 villages.

Stating only 31 percent of hospital beds and 12 per cent of Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers, are located in rural areas where more than 60 per cent of Indians live, she said that as an alternative to building more hospitals PHRII brings medical services right to a women's door step.

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'ANM workers don’t have in depth knowledge'
Dr Purnima said that majority of the Asha and Auxiliary Nurse midwife (ANM) workers in villages don't have in depth knowledge about HIV Positive Test, and it has become a biggest problem to test women in villages.

She further said that SHG Group is breaking up and it has become a challenging task to execute programmes in villages. PHRII, after educating village women is forming group and later are being asked to help for the service.

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