The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni in her campaign to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV has on Tuesday launched the “Free to Shine campaign, Bringing Back Mother and Baby Care” initiatives to mobilize actions and unify efforts to end childhood AIDS.
The free to shine campaign is a robust strategy that will address the community and health facility will also be strengthened to ensure high retention in care.
According to the first lady, the campaign will lay a foundation for a retention strategy even for the test and treat program that was rolled out early this year.
While addressing the congregation on Tuesday at Imperial Royal Hotel, the First lady also added that the eMTCT program has registered significant successes in Uganda.
“Since the adoption of option B+ in 2012, we have registered significant success and in order to sustain the gains, retention of mothers and babies should be put in practice,” she said.
Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that fewer babies are now being born with HIV infection.
In 2013, 15,000 babies were born infected with HIV compared to 28,000 babies in 2008.
This number was projected to fall to 8,000 by the end of 2014, and it could be even lower than that because of the current scale-up.
Many health facilities including Mulago hospital, Reach -Out- Mbuya are now reporting zero new infections for consecutive years.