Nakuru County Launches 100-Day Initiative to End Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

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Initiative to End Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

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Nakuru County has embarked on a crucial mission to reduce the mother-to-child transmission of HIV infections. Currently, approximately 11 out of every 100 HIV-positive mothers transmit the virus to their children during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, resulting in a mother-to-child transmission rate of 10.3%. In response to this challenge, Nakuru County has initiated the 100-day Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, with the ultimate goal of “Ending AIDS in Children.”

Jacqueline Osoro, the County Executive Committee Member for Health, emphasized the need for collective action and individual responsibility to champion this initiative and ensure that missed opportunities are addressed. The RRI aligns with the national commitment to eliminate AIDS in children by 2027, as advocated by His Excellency President William Ruto, under the campaign known as “End AIDS in Children, Wakati ni Sasa.”

The launch of the 100-day RRI took place at Bondeni Dispensary and featured the presence of Dr. Moses Kitheka, the Chief of Party for USAID Tujenge Jamii, and Dr. Daniel Wainaina, the County Director for Medical Services, among other notable participants.

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