Improving PMTCT in Kenya

October 6, 2017
Authors: Peter Mutanda, Prisca Muange, Maero Lutta, Kevin Kinyua, Linda Chebet, Bill Okaka, Yunus Mwamzandi, Juma Mwavita
Organization: USAID ASSIST Project

In Kenya, the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) with the help of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) launched the Partnership for HIV Free Survival (PHFS) initiative in 2013. Its purpose was to apply quality improvement (QI) to run the national elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) strategic plan 2012-2015. The PHFS initiatives main concentration areas are ensuring that all mother-infant pairs know their HIV status, retained in care, are provided excellent protection with antiretroviral treatment (ARV) and offered regular nutritional assessment, counselling, and support regularly. This article specifies the experience of ASSIST in Kenya addressing PMTCT, provides direction to country level actors based on their experience, and case studies that detail how improvements were made in specific facilities.