Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Malawi


The HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis group has received a large grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an NIH Peer Grant.

The group will collaborate with the Malawi Ministry of Health to conduct a mixed-methods study to assess the effectiveness of Option B+, a simplified treatment protocol designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Olivia Keiser is the PI for the Grant from the Gates Foundation. Matthias Egger was a co-applicant for the PEER grant, for which Frank Chimbwandira is the PI.

The quantitative arm of the study will take a naturalistic approach, and use a large sample of routinely collected data and advanced statistical methods to evaluate the way the program works in the real world. The qualitative study will determine why some centers have much better retention others, and establish possible points of intervention in the health care system and in the community, to improve uptake and better retain women with HIV.