In 2010, CIFF made a $45 million grant to the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) for a five year programme to support Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care’s efforts to lower the number of new HIV infections among infants.
The original goal was to reduce the risk of mother to child transmission from an estimated 28% to 12%. The approach was to improve testing, treatment and tracking of both mother and child, and to increase access and care at primary health centres with the drug regime Option A, as then recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Despite significant economic problems in Zimbabwe, EGPAF and other donors helped strengthen the country’s health delivery system. This involved training health workers, improving information systems, and increasing access to care.
In 2013, 92% of the country had access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother to child transmission. This is a significant step towards eliminating mother to child transmission. Over the first three years of the programme, 37,852 new infant infections have been averted and 13,072 children’s lives have been saved.
|Location||Zimbabwe, Southern Africa|
|Value||USD 45 Million|