Christie, Celia D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
A Paediatric and Perinatal HIV/AIDS Leadership Initiative in Kingston, Jamaica [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 5
Objective: In Jamaica, 1-2% of pregnant women are HIV-positive; 876 HIV positive pregnant woman will deliver and at least 283 newly infected HIV-infected infants will be born this year. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in children aged 1-4 years. We describe a collaborative 'Town and Gown' programme, to address the paediatric and perinatal HIV epidemic in Kingston. Method: A team of academic and government health care personnel, comprising pediatricians, obstetrics, public health practitioners, nurses, microbiologists, data management and information technology personnel collaborated to address this public health emergency. Conclusion: Collaboratively, we can achieve our mission of reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, while improving the quality of life for those already living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.....