MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH
EARLY INFANT DIAGNOSIS (EID)
AMS offers DNA-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing for Early Infant Diagnosis to babies born to women in HIV care. This test enables us to confirm the HIV status of infants as young as 6 weeks of age, rather than waiting for an HIV antibody test at 18 months. Staff follow-up on final infection status of these babies after cessation of breastfeeding.
CHILD IMMUNIZATIONS & WELL BABY VISITS
An average of about 50 children are immunized every month against the eight killer immunizable diseases namely: tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type B and measles. This is used as a point of prevention and HIV testing. At every encounter, AMS engages mothers, fathers and guardians to bring children under their care for HIV testing, an initiative known as Know Your Child’s Status.
ELIMINATION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION (EMTCT)
In keeping with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of Option B-plus, AMS provides ART to HIV-positive pregnant women. Together, we will bring the transmission to children down to zero.
ANTENATAL CARE & MATERNITY SERVICES
AMS offers a weekly Antenatal Clinic on Thursdays where HIV-positive pregnant women receive comprehensive care, including provision of intermittent preventative treatment (IPT) for diseases such as malaria. We prepare mothers for delivery and work through a well-organized referral system with nearby hospitals for the safe delivery of all babies.
FAMILY PLANNING & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
AMS serves an average of 4,500 women annually, most of whom are HIV-positive, with family planning, including pills, injection, condoms, implants and IUDs. These services contribute towards the achievement of a level of reduction in maternal, neonatal and young child mortality due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases and that is commensurate with the timely achievement of the Poverty Eradication Action Plan targets and related Millennium Development Goals.