Monday, October 14, 2002

Church to start massive prevention program of mother-to-child HIV infection in Kenya

The programme will involve the provision of the anti-retroviral drug - Nevirapine - to infected epectant women and their infants in the church's 41 hospitals countrywide.Mothers will be given a dose of Nevirapine on the onset of labour, while the infants' dose will be administered hours after birth.Currently, Kenya has about 106,000 HIV-positive children aged below five years.The programme, dubbed "Born to Live", is the first initiative of its magnitude by a church to fight mother-to-child HIV transmission. It is jointly sponsored by the Kenya Episcopal Conference and the US-based Catholic Medical Mission Board.

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