The initiative will target the states of Andhra Pradesh

The initiative will target the states of Andhra Pradesh
and Telangana. These two areas have high HIV burdens1 and see less than a quarter of women give birth in a health facility.
Nationally, more than a quarter of people living with HIV are not aware that they have the virus, due to sub-optimal testing2. Approximately 1,000 pregnant women with HIV will be engaged through a network of 200 private healthcare facilities and will be offered support for two years. Evidence-based health education materials will be provided to the women and to healthcare workers at the facilities. The program will also enable easier and regular follow up with the women.
India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world with an estimated 2.1 million people living with the virus, of which over 850,000 are women3. Of HIV-exposed infants, born to approximately 35,000 HIV positive pregnant women in 2015; an estimated 15-45% would have been infected with HIV in the absence of an appropriate intervention.
This number could be reduced to below 5% if all mothers and babies received appropriate care and treatment following international guidelines4. “Certain communities and states in India carry a high burden of HIV infections, with poorly linked care services and little education or support available for pregnant women,” said Dr. L. Ramakrishnan, Vice President of SAATHII. “This vital partnership with Janssen’s Connect for Life(TM) initiative comes at a critical time, allowing us to improve the care journey for women living with HIV throughout their pregnancy.”
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