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The Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015
and Keeping Their Mothers Alive highlighted the need to put the health and well-being
of women and mothers at the center of efforts to prevent vertical transmission. This
article will examine a selection of community engagement practices in 3 key areas:
(1) as an accountability tool, (2) in service delivery, and (3) as a facilitator of
human rights. The lived experiences of women living with HIV as recipients of and
participants in services for the prevention of vertical transmission provide both
the framework for an exploration of best community engagement practices and suggestions
for the way forward.
*International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Nairobi, Kenya; †International
Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Washington, DC; ‡Global Network of People
Living with HIV (GNP+), Brighton, United Kingdom; §Independent Consultant, International
Community of Women Living with HIV, Harare, Zimbabwe; ‖mothers-2-mothers, Cape Town,
South Africa; ¶World Vision International, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom; #International
Community of Women Living with HIV West Africa (ICW WA), Abuja, Nigeria; **International
Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICW EA), Kampala, Uganda; and ††International
Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Delhi, India.
Journal ID (iso-abbrev): J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr.
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)