Boston University Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Integration Project (BUPIP)

Project Description

Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the leading cause of HIV infection in children under 15 in Zambia. The CGHD works closely with the Government of Zambia in the Southern Province to provide technical assistance to the health system to support prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. Through this work, a CGHD team assesses each health facility and district-level management team to determine the human resource, technical, logistical, commodity, and infrastructure capacity and unmet needs. Based on the assessments, specific technical support, supplies, construction, training, and/or mentoring is provided to each health facility or management team to facilitate and improve PMTCT services throughout the province. In addition, BUPIP supports an extensive community outreach program to promote broader access to PMTCT services.

This project has expanded its coverage to include 190 health facilities in the province and currently covers 88% of the province’s 1.2 million population. Other aspects to this project include establishing a province-wide system for early infant diagnosis of HIV, psychosocial support to victims of child sexual abuse, and providing palliative care to HIV-infected children

Project Details

Principal Investigator Donald M. Thea
Boston University Co-Investigators Godfrey Biemba, Leoda Hamomba, Julie HerlihyBruce LarsonKatherine SemrauChris GillDavid HamerEmily Hammond
Country(ies) Zambia
Dates of Activity 2006–2014