Legacy Evaluation of the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival: Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda
The Partnership for HIV-Free Survival (PHFS) was designed to use basic quality improvement practices to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV and increase child survival through improvements in (1) antiretroviral therapy uptake and retention among HIV-positive pregnant women and mothers, (2) breastfeeding practices, and (3) overall mother-baby care. PHFS was implemented between 2012–2016 in six countries in Eastern and Southern Africa: Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
PHFS was a joint effort among the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, and ministries and departments of health in the participating countries. MEASURE Evaluation—funded by USAID and PEPFAR—conducted a legacy evaluation of PHFS in 2017–2018 in all six countries to review the project’s effects on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs and to better understand the critical factors that contributed to improved PMTCT performance in participating health facilities.
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