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Rongkavilit, Chokechai; Usa Thisyakorn; Praphan Phanuphak
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV: Thai Red Cross Zidovudine Donation Programme
Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre; UNAIDS
Description of Work
UNAIDS Best Practice Collection (UNAIDS/00.23E)
UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva, September 2000, 39 pp

" The Thai Red Cross ziduvodine donation programme was contrived by the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society. In brief, the programme procures zidovudine for HIV-infected pregnant women by means of public donation. The donation can be in the form of either the medication or financial support. By using the donated funds, the Thai Red Corss can purchase zidovudine in a large quantity at low cost. The medication is distributed throughout the country upon the request of pregnant women's health care providers. After a pregnant woman has been provided with voluntary counselling and testing, and has been tested positive for HIV, her health care provider can request zidovudine for her from the Thai Red Cross. Once the request is approved, the medication will be delivered to the health care provider periodically. The objective of this programme is to procure zidovudine with public donations and to provide it at no cost to HIV-infected pregnant women throughout Thailand who cannot afford this medication. The programme's major goal is to reduce the number of Thai children being infected with HIV from their mothers. This objective genuinely follows the basic principle of the Red Cross as being a charitable, non-profit, humanitarian organization."

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