|370,000 pregnant mothers unknowingly passed on the AIDS virus to their unborn babies in 2009. Yet these children could have avoided an early death sentence had their mothers received life saving medication.
A pilot scheme funded by several UK Rotary clubs, led by Mohammed Kibirige a senior paediatrician, enabled a team of neonatology/paediatrician consultants, nurses, midwives and social workers to travel to outlying communities in Uganda in where they tested pregnant women for HIV. Those found positive were treated with medication to suppress and interrupt the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
The results of this pilot scheme were spectacular:
Of the 521 babies carried by infected mothers, 502 were born HIV free.