HIV and infant feeding: A compilation of programmatic evidence

The United Nations-led process of updating the 1998 international guidelines related to infant feeding and the prevention of maternal-to-child-transmission (pMTCT) of HIV called for a review of recent programmatic experience in addition to a review of the new scientific and medical evidence. This document represents an attempt to compile and synthesise reports on a wide variety of relevant programmes conducted since the 1998 guidelines were issued. The programmes presented here range in scale from small community research projects to national programmes. This document is the product of a one-year collaboration between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Quality Assurance Project (QAP), managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC). Valuable technical inputs were also received from the World Health Organization (WHO) and many individuals and organisations directly involved in HIV and infant feeding programmes. This review brings together in one document a number of important experiences and provides insights that were useful to those involved in updating international guidelines and those involved in adapting them to local settings. It should also serve as a valuable resource to those involved in developing or scaling-up pMTCT-related programmes in the future. (excerpt)

Report Author(s): 
Koniz-Booher P | Burkhalter B | de Wagt A | Iliff P | Willumsen J
Quality Assurance Project
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