Rumphi based Life Concern Organization (LICO) says active male involvement in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) is critical towards the attainment of an HIV free generation.
The organization’s executive director, Peter Gondwe was speaking Monday in an interview with Malawi News Agency on the sidelines of the release of the PMTCT competition assessment results at Ng’onga Health Centre in Rumphi District.
The competition which involved Ng’onga, Mhuju, Mzokoto and Mphompha health centers was introduced with the aim of motivating health workers to make sure that no child is born HIV positive.
Gondwe said men who have been involved in the PMTCT are able to support their expectant wives and safeguard their infants against HIV and Aids.
Our assessment has shown that men if empowered with knowledge on PMTCT can assist their wives in safeguarding unborn babies against HIV, said Gondwe.
He also said that creating male friendly environment in health facilities is catalyst toward enticing men to be involved in PMTCT which is a step towards achieving an HIV free generation.
Also speaking in an exclusive interview, Rumphi District PMTCT Coordinator, Macdonald Kamanga, said over 90 percent of new HIV infections among infants and young children occur through mother to child transmission hence the need to intensify PMTCT services in all health facilities across the country.
Some of the indicators used during the assessment were; number of women who attend antenatal clinics with their husbands, percentage of couples tested for HIV and Aids and number of women knowing their HIV status among others.
Ng’onga Health Centre won the competition and went away with medical equipment such as BP testing machines, scrubbing brushes among others worth K200,000 with Mphompha getting K160,000 as runners up.
Mzokoto and Mhuju were on positions number three and four and walked away with K140,000 and K100,000 respectively.
The In-charge for Ng’onga Health Centre, Adriano Luwe attributed his health facility’s success to hard work among health workers and community’s active involvement in the initiative.
The success we are celebrating today is owed to everybody’s hard work who took part in the promotion of the initiative that included health workers and members of the community, Luwe explained.
Source: MANA Online