Protecting women, infants and children from HIV in Lesotho

Pinch is a three-year (2018-2021) project supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, designed to increase uptake of maternal, newborn, and child health (MCH) services, including prevention of mother-to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) as evidenced by increased antenatal care (ANC) attendance, higher PMTCT coverage rates, timely testing of HIV-exposed infants at 6 weeks of age, and treatment of all infected infants. The basic ongoing activities of the project involve mentorship and supervision to change the behaviour of healthcare workers, community health workers, and community members (i.e. patients). Community efforts focus on young women, their partners, and mothers. Facility efforts centre on MNCH clinics and include maternity wards and children’s wards at hospital. Didactic trainings focus on known and evolving gaps in care and are directed by routine data collection and analysis.