Media brief on Prevention of mother - to - child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Swaziland
During the last 30 years, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has ravaged the world with very serious consequences. In order to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the health and development agenda of the various communities, African countries, including Swaziland, have embarked on various initiatives, approaches and strategies, both locally and as part of global efforts.
In Swaziland, a relatively small country with a population of just above one million people, but severely affected by the pandemic, the media has played a critical role in enhancing the understanding of HIV and AIDS through information dissemination on the various aspects of the pandemic. However, local journalists in the country have lacked a platform and readymade resource upon which to draw relevant, accurate and up-to-date information to facilitate their reporting on HIV and AIDS issues, including the critical Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (MTCT).
This media brief on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), therefore, has been developed to provide journalists with the necessary information on the programme. PMTCT is one of the national priority biomedical strategies for HIV prevention, with a special focus on ensuring that fewer infants are exposed to or infected with HIV from their infected mothers.
The brief is aimed at assisting the journalists to be able to report on PMTCT from an informed point of view, thereby empowering the communities, families and especially mothers on the benefits of PMTCT, reduction of HIV infection risks for the HIV negative sexually active population and reduction of HIV incidence among babies born to HIV infected mothers.
This brief will form part of the information resource base that can be used by a wide spectrum of stakeholders, even beyond the media. The manual can be adapted for use as resource and reference material at media training institutions. The material can be reproduced and distributed for use as handouts as long as adequate acknowledgement of Panos Institute Southern Africa is given.
Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), we are greatly indebted to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) HIV and AIDS Fund for supporting Communicating HIV Prevention in Southern Africa Project, under which this Media Brief was published.