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America flags off mother-to-child HIV prevention programme in Lagos

The U.S. Centre for Disease Control partners with Lagos to tackle HIV complications between mother and child.

THE United States (U.S.) Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has launched the Community Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission (cPMTCT) programme on Wednesday, the 23rd of November, 2021, in Lagos.

The CDC aims to strengthen the local health systems in Nigeria and support the country's growing population with primary health care services. 

The U.S. Country Director, Dr Mary Adetinuke Boyd laid emphasis on the importance of quality healthcare being made available for all HIV-positive pregnant women to mitigate the cases of mother-to-child HIV transmission. 
“The CDC and the U.S. Government is ready to partner with Lagos State to strengthen the health systems to respond to disease-related threats. Therefore, there is a need to continue building and sustaining structures and systems that promote sustainability,” Dr Boyd said.
She went on to say that the state government was doing good work by prioritising the health of its infected population by providing HIV test kits, waiving user fees, and releasing counterpart funds. 
“The relationship between Lagos State, CDC, and its implementing partner, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes (CIHP), has been impactful. CDC will continue to support Lagos State through the partnership with the community in improving health outcomes,” she stated.
The cPMTCT programme will allow CDC and Lagos ministry of health to collaborate with community-level health centres, community-based midwives, traditional birth attendants, and other non-conventional healthcare providers in order to reach more pregnant women in local communities.