A nurse explains the materials she uses in the care of babies born to HIV-positive mothers at the Holeta Health Center, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. © 2013 Sarah V. Harlan/JHU•CCP, Courtesy of PhotoshareThe HIV pandemic affects all levels of the healthcare system. Global and in-country collaboration can maximize existing human resources and strengthen human capacity, and training of health care workers on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is a key part of this strategy.

Training packages should be adapted to meet local circumstances, reflect national policies and priorities, and include key considerations like the following:

  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS
  • HIV prevention in mothers, infants, and children
  • Specific service delivery models or interventions
  • Addressing stigma
  • Counseling and testing
  • Infant feeding
  • Comprehensive care and support
  • Monitoring and evaluation

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