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Authors
Sint, Tin Tin, Kim Dickson, Annette Verster, Peggy Henderson, Ekaterina Filatova, Isabelle de Vincenzi, Tim Farley, Siobhan Crowley, Marco Vitoria, Silvia Bertagnolio and Inam Chitsike
Title
Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating Pregnant Women and Preventing HIV Infection in Infants: Towards Universal Access Recommendations for a Public Health Approach
Description of Work
(NLM classifi cation: WC 503.2)
Imprint
World Health Organization, Geneva, 2006, 92 pp
ISBN/ISSN
92 4 159466 7/978 92 4 159466 0
Url
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2006/9789241594660_eng.pdf
Description

"This publication is part of a trilogy of guidelines published at the same time by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners which provide recommendations supporting the public health approach to the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. The guidelines are based on the work of a group of experts, who participated in several technical consultations on the use of ARV drugs for treating pregnant women and preventing HIV infection in infants and young children."

Abstract

"These revised guidelines on ARV Drugs for Treating Pregnant Women and Preventing HIV Infection in Infants are consistent with, and aim to support, the Call to Action Towards an HIVfree
and AIDS-free Generation. The document is one of a trilogy of guidelines published at the same time which provide recommendations developed by WHO and its partners in support of the public health approach to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in resource-constrained settings. It contains recommendations for the use of ARV drugs in pregnant women for their own health and for preventing HIV infection in infants and young children, and a summary of the scientific rationale for the recommendations. In particular, the publication aims to provide guidance to assist national ministries of health in the provision of ART for pregnant women with indications for treatment, and in the selection of ARV prophylaxis regimens to be included in programmes to prevent MTCT, taking into account the needs and constraints on health systems in various
settings.

The guidelines primarily target national-level programme planners and managers responsible for designing services for PMTCT and provision of ART for women. It should also be a useful resource for health care workers involved in efforts to reduce HIV infection in infants and young children and to provide treatment and care for women living with HIV."

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