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Before, During, & After Pregnancy: Always Women

Our Always Women project worked to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and support the health and rights of young women of reproductive age in Mozambique’s Gaza province. Together with four local organizations, we empowered young women living with HIV to make informed reproductive health decisions.

Project Date: 2014 - 2016
Funder: Positive Action for Children Fund
Country: Mozambique

404 community champions supporting women’s access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission

More than 7,000 informational sessions held with community members about prevention

8,816 visits to the health facility by young pregnant women for prevention of mother-to-child transmission services

What We Did

  • Partnered with four local organizations to connect women to needed services, reduce stigma and discrimination, and build their capacity
  • Used a rights-based approach to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV along four prongs set out by UNICEF
  • Addressed structural and behavioral barriers that hinder young women from making informed decisions about treatment
  • Prevented unintended pregnancies and addressed loss-to-follow-up through community interventions targeting young women, particularly those living with HIV, and community stakeholders
  • Strengthened the enabling environment at the community-level by encouraging contraception use and counseling on dual protection among discordant couples

Project Staff Members

Riaz Mobaracaly

Senior Country Director

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