A Mother in Malawi Delivers HIV-Free

Edna enrolled in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in Malawi, where HIV-positive pregnant women are immediately put on lifelong antiretroviral treatment. ") I was afraid. I thought ‘How am I going to tell my husband about this? Do I tell him in person? What if he tells me this is the end of our marriage?’" When a pregnant mother is on effective treatment, the HIV transmission rate to her child drops from up to 40 percent to less than 5 percent. However, not all women have access to testing and treatment. MSF teams support more than 341,600 people on antiretroviral treatment in over 20 countries. In late 2013, MSF handed over the PMTCT program in Thyolo to Malawi’s health system. Find out more about Because Tomorrow Needs Her at womenshealth.msf.org Video and photos by Sydelle Willow Smith.