Early Infant Diagnosis (EID)
AMS evaluates the health of babies born to HIV-positive women through DNA-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing. 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 they are weaned off breastfeeding.
Child Immunizations and Well Baby Visits
Every month, AMS immunizes children against a number of diseases, including tuberculosis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis B and measles, among others. During these immunizations, children are also tested for HIV. At every encounter, AMS encourages mothers, fathers, and guardians to bring their children to the clinic for testing as part of the national Know Your Child’s Status initiative.
Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT)
In keeping up with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation of Option B-plus, AMS provides antiretroviral treatment to pregnant HIV-positive women. Since 2013, AMS has completely eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV, helping HIV positive mothers give birth to over 1,000 HIV negative babies.
Antenatal Care and Maternity Services
AMS offers a weekly Antenatal Clinic on Thursdays, where HIV-positive pregnant women receive comprehensive care. These services include the provision of intermittent preventative treatment (IPT) for diseases such as malaria. We prepare mothers for delivery throughout their pregnancy, and work through established referral systems with nearby hospitals to ensure the safe delivery of all babies.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health
AMS provides family planning services for thousands of women every year. We offer pills, injections, condoms, implants and IUDS, and counsel women to help them decide what option works best for them. Family planning services help decrease maternal, neonatal and child mortality due to HIV/AIDS, and help ensure women have control over the growth of their families. AMS provides an average of 4,500 women with family planning services annually, most of whom are HIV positive.