Re-engagement in HIV care among mothers living with HIV in SA over 36 months post-birth

Research letter

This article summarises mothers living with HIV’s reports of their re-engagement in HIV care over the 36 months following their children’s birth and indicates the scope of challenge service providers face in implementing B+ protocols, which will guarantee all mothers living with HIV lifelong antiretroviral treatment.

1,238 women were assessed at the start of the research. Follow-up assessments were conducted after birth: at 2 weeks, 6 months, 18 months and 36 months. 72% of mothers surveyed completed all assessments.

The Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project has been addressing child health and nutrition problems in informal settlements around Cape Town since 1979. Ilifa Labantwana supported the evaluation of the study in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The findings of this research stem from this evaluation.

Written by Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Mark Tomlinson, Aaron Scheffler and Ingrid M. Le Roux. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. in 2015.

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