Building a national direction for research in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV: results from a national prioritization initiative in Malawi
Published Date:Oct 26 2013
Source:Health Res Policy Syst. 2013; 11:40.
Congresses As Topic
Delivery Of Health Care
Family Planning Services
Health Services Needs And Demand
Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical
PMTCT Option B+
In 2011, Malawi initiated an ambitious program for the prevention of maternal to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, called 'Option B+,’ which employs a universal test and life-long treatment strategy for all pregnant women. Priority setting should take place in defining a national research agenda for evaluating Option B + rollout in Malawi.
In April 2011, a three-day workshop took place for all major stakeholders in PMTCT aiming to provide an update on current PMTCT operational research in Malawi, find consensus on key questions not yet being addressed, identify opportunities for collaboration, and develop multi-partner research proposals.
Overall, 24 participants attended the workshop including representatives from the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Commission and 12 multilateral, non-governmental organizations and academic partners.
Option B + represents a significant change in PMTCT policy in Malawi and the process for evaluation of the Malawi PMTCT strategy is outlined. This workshop contributed to defining and coordinating the national agenda for research priorities.
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