Strategic approaches to the prevention of HIV infection in infants
Report of a WHO meeting, Morges, Switzerland | 20-22 March 2002
WHO convened a meeting in Morges, Switzerland, from 20 to 22 March 2002 to discuss the expected contribution of various programme approaches to preventing HIV infection in infants in different epidemiological situations and service delivery settings and to provide guidance to WHO on priority areas of work it should address to optimize its contribution to global efforts in this area.
The participants emphasized that a comprehensive approach was required to reach the goals specified in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS: reducing the proportion of infants infected with HIV by 20% by 2005 and by 50% by 2010.
They confirmed a strategic approach that includes:
- primary prevention of HIV infection;
- preventing unintended pregnancies among HIV-infected women;
- preventing HIV transmission from HIV-infected women to their children; and
- providing care for HIV-infected mothers and their infants.