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HIV Positive – Pregnancy And Birth Experience

June 30th 2011- Picture this, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – 850,000 girls and women dying from pregnancy every year.

Out of this number, there are those mothers living with HIV, where delivery of a baby is successful.

These mothers are lost to follow up care because themselves and their newborns are treated separately for HIV and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

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 HIV Positive –  Pregnancy And Birth Experience 


Writer - Anthony Aisi

850,000 girls and women die annually from pregnancy complications in developing countries

Around 850,000 girls and women die from pregnancy every year. Surprisingly majority of these deaths occur in the developing countries. Acceleration in HIV and AIDS prevalence enhance maternal mortality as suppressed immunity resulting to a higher risk of pre-natal and childbirth complications.

Report shows that for the last 30 years, the efforts made to reduce maternal mortality have led to reduction in deaths rate globally.

One important reason is the contribution of HIV services which have made women to access health services. It helps young mothers cope once they learn they are HIV positive and provides services which help the prevention of mother to child transmission.

Globally, HIV is the leading cause of death among women in reproductive age and a major cause of maternal and childhood mortality and illness.

Since 2002, AIDS in Kenya and related deaths have fallen by one third, however there is an estimate of more than 32,000 babies a year are still born HIV positive and around 1.1 million women are living with HIV.

Women are the fastest growing group of people in Africa, they make up 50% of HIV positive people. They face stigma, discrimination and gender inequality which further limit their access to maternal and sexual health services.

Kenya AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO), a Non Governmental Organization which supports its Kenyan partner who provide advice, training and financial support to community based organizations has scaled up advocacy whereby Women who test positive of HIV are directed to nearby maternal health clinic where they get opportunity to bond in a mother-to-mother support groups, here, a variety of emotional and practical support is provided.

Many women undergo difficulty pregnancy and birth experience after realizing that they are HIV positive.

Most of the mothers living with HIV are lost to follow up care because mothers, newborns and children are treated separately for HIV and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, by merging  these different services and treating mothers, newborns and children together has provided more effective healthcare.

The effects of HIV/AIDS on maternal mortality are likely to change the characteristics of maternal deaths, such as the cause and timing of death.

This should be taken into account when establishing pre and post health care for expectant mothers in regions with HIV and AIDS. If gone unrealized, focusing only on direct causes of maternal deaths would miss a large portion of the expectant female population.

The distribution of causes should be taken in to consideration when trying to determine prevention of maternal mortality, especially when targeting certain periods during the pregnancy.

Pregnant women will benefit both from good antenatal care as well as from postpartum follow up especially when anywhere from 45-90% of deaths occur after delivery.

Furthermore the detection and treatment and infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS will also greatly reduce the incidence of indirect maternal deaths.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) that maternal death is associated with an increased danger of subsequent infant deaths, advanced HIV contributes a lot to these complications.

By Anthony Aisi and Eric Akasa



One Response

  1. I do agree with you,women continue suffering from various pregnancy related conditions which can be avoided

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