Prevention of transmission of HIV from mother to child

Tselane lives in the mountains of Lesotho, a ten kilometre walk from the nearest clinic. This makes it very difficult for her to access health services. When Tselane realized she was pregnant, she took on the exhausting trip to get her ante-natal checkup.

But what she found out as a result of the checkup came to her as a shock: She was diagnosed as living with HIV. Even more than about her own health, Tselane was frightened about what that would mean for her daughter. She was afraid to pass the virus on to her baby.

But because she was tested and diagnosed on time, the doctors could put Tselane on antiretroviral treatment immediately to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child.

A few months later, little Dintle arrived in the middle of the night. For women in Lesotho, giving birth at home with the help of village midwives is still common. Following the nursing advice, she breastfed Dintle until 6 months old, while both mother and daughter stayed on medication to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

You can only imagine what Tselane went through until her baby got finally tested at 6 months… but even bigger was her joy: little Dintle tested negative!

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