Malawi has made good progress towards eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but getting to zero remains a challenge. Find out how better linking facilities and communities can be a critical part of the solution.

I could not stand idly by. I knew I could take action and be responsible for my life. I decided to become a spokesperson because I do not want any more children to be born with the HIV virus like me.

Like millions of children around the world, I was infected with the HIV virus at birth. I would take medication continuously and I would ask my father why I was taking medicine all the time.

It was only when I was at the youth centre in Moundou that they informed me I was infected with the virus. It was a bit difficult at times … It was difficult. Let’s leave it at that. 

“Good health helped to revive my hope. I would like to tell other young people that living with HIV is not the end of life. The most important thing is to ensure to take your medication and treat infections as early as they emerge.”

The market for pediatric ARVs is significantly smaller than that for adult ARVs and more fragmented due to the changing needs of growing children. This leads to a complicated ARV market further challenged by the availability of a wide variety of different but often duplicative drug products. Guidance from the 2013 WHO Consolidated ARV Guidelines for paediatric use resulted in the need to further shift regimens as new evidence and recommendations necessitate procurement of more optimal drugs.

On July 26, 2014 at Samora Stadium in Iringa, Southern Highlands, Tanzania, crowds of young people joined Iringa regional authorities, the Tanzania Commission for HIV/AIDS (TACAIDS), UN officials, USAID/PEPFAR partners, community service organizations, and other stakeholders to mark the launch of Shuga Radio, a radio serial drama designed to promote HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and post-test services and encourage correct and consistent condom use among youth people aged 15-24 years.

Hubert and Jeanne Mwangaza have both been HIV-positive since they married and started a family together years ago. Now, they have three children, and all of them are HIV-free.

Is it a medical miracle? Hardly.