Community contributions to eliminating mother-to-child transmission at Licilo Health Center, Mozambique
This case study describes how a community demonstration project in Mozambique contributed to eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV through increased community awareness, improved community-facility linkages, and increased access to services for pregnant women. The project engaged existing community groups to provide health messaging on the importance of antenatal care (ANC), identify pregnant women, refer them to care, and follow up with those who did not go. Amongst the 15 bairros in the catchment area of Licilo Health Center, 95 community groups identified 896 women between March 2014 and February 2015. There was an increase in the median number of women coming for ANC from 32 per month in the six months prior to the intervention to 45 per month between March 2014 and February 2015. They also increased the percentage of women coming to ANC earlier in their pregnancy.