The HIV/AIDS Management Unit of the Ministry of Health is set to begin promotion of two new posters on the Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
These will be handed over to Consultant Paediatrician, Professor Anne St. John by Health Promotion Officer in the Ministry of Health, Norma Bynoe on Wednesday, May 11, in the Paediatric Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), at 3:00 p.m.
In November 2009, the Government of Barbados launched a national policy dealing with Prevention-of-Mother-To-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV with the assistance of UNICEF. The policy aims "to guide the health sector of Barbados in effectively implementing a comprehensive programme for the prevention and control of transmission of HIV from mother to child".
A crucial aspect of this policy is for all pregnant women in Barbados to be offered an HIV test by their family doctor, obstetrician or midwife. It recommends that HIV tests should be done at antenatal booking when the mother-to-be registers her care for that pregnancy and that there be a repeat test when she is between 30 and 34 weeks pregnant.