Infant HIV Testing Soars from 30% to 94% in Northern Namibian District

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A health worker tests an infant for HIV in northern Namibia. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International. June 07, 2017 The number of infants tested for HIV in the northern Namibian district of Nyangana skyrocketed over the past year—from 29.3% to 94.4%—thanks in part to a new tracking system developed by IntraHealth International. IntraHealth nurse mentor Rightwell Zulu and district monitoring and evaluation officer Felistas Shindimba were part of the team of health workers at Nyangana District Hospital who developed the system to test nearly every baby born to HIV-positive mothers in the district. Their goal is to prevent HIV transmission in all babies in the district, and to start HIV-positive babies on treatment as soon as possible.

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Infant HIV Testing Soars from 30% to 94% in Northern Namibian District