Tanzania has significantly reduced new HIV/Aids infections from mother to child by 50 per cent in the past five years, it has been learnt. Executive Director of the Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS), Dr Leonard Maboko,
said the new statistics on the global HIV status by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) indicates that the country’s new infections to the children aged 0-14 year dropped from 14,000 in 2010 to 6,500 last year. Dr Maboko attributed the achievement to the efforts by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children in executing a programme to prevent infections from mother to child. Under this initiative in 2015, about 86 percent of expectant mothers were in access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and 96 per cent of them are currently attending routine tests in various Antenatal Care Clinics in the country.