SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé say in a new piece in CNN that “For a long time, efforts to ensure that a pregnant woman living with HIV would not pass the virus to her child — during pregnancy, at childbirth, or during breastfeeding — have lagged behind the promise of technology. But now we can say confidently that with the right efforts, we can reduce new HIV infections among children to zero, even within the short time remaining until the Millennium Development Goals are concluded at the end of 2015.”

Key to this transition is the SDSN’s 1 Million Community Health Worker Campaign. Sachs and Sidibé write, “With community-based care, the CHWs are able to expand services to reach more women and newborns. For example, in the Millennium Village of Sauri in Kenya, nearly all pregnant women are receiving HIV counseling and testing, compared with fewer than half in 2008. Children who do become infected with HIV are diagnosed earlier and given timely access to HIV treatment, care and support. The community health workers are also playing a growing role in identifying bottlenecks and implementing solutions by engaging decision makers from local to national levels. Challenges such as low acceptance of HIV counseling and testing, commodity stock-outs and infant feeding issues are being identified and addressed with local responses.”

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