Chronic Disease Clinic in Ifakara
One Stop Clinic Ifakara - Care for HIV-infected Mothers and their Families
Improving awareness and clinical skills
The One Stop Clinic has successfully improved the awareness and clinical skills of health workers involved in Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV. Over 100 health workers, distric authorities and representatives of USAID in the Morogoro Region have been reached in 2014 and 2015. The One Stop Clinic has developed tools to guide and facilitate health workers in the management of pregnant women, mothers and children living with HIV.
Improved access and quality of care
The ‘One Stop Clinic has offered HIV testing in 2014 and 2015 to over 7,500 pregnant women in the district, and HIV care and treatment to 355 HIV-infected pregnant women. Very likely this avoided many new pediatric HIV infections. Data from Ifakara show a 2-fold increase of the number of HIV-infected women diagnosed and linked into care after the integration of services.
Lower mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Since the One Stop Clinic was established the early Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV is as low as 2%, reaching the WHO goal of elimination of MTCT (<5%). Since April 2014 all pregnant women living with HIV are initiated on lifelong antiretroviral treatment. Data comparing their clinical characteristics and retention in care before and after the integration of services revealed a better clinical assessment and retention in care.