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Helping to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child in Mozambique: The DREAM Program

Country: Mozambique

Head Association: Community of S. Egidio

Partner: VZW Viva Africa

Donor:  Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA)

Description: The main objective of this project, and of the Department of Health of Mozambique is the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. The DREAM Program has been active in Mozambique since 2002 and already runs ten health centers, which is why it is considered one of the best partners in the country for the fight against HIV.

The specific aim of the project is to offer pregnant women a high-quality service for the prevention of transmission of HIV to their children in the DREAM Centers of Maputo, Matola, Beira, Manga, Chingussure, and Quelimane. Children born to mothers who have access to this program have a 98% change of being born without the virus.

The obtained results are as followed:

– A DREAM Center specialized in PMTCT, properly equipped, and open in the city of Matola

– Training courses on PMTCT for 64 social and health workers throughout Mozambique

– Making available a PMTCT service (Option B of the WHO services) in the five DREAM centers

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the project are pregnant women who are seropositive for HIV who attend a DREAM Center in Mozambique. The number of women can therefore vary between 1,200 and 1,700 over the course of two years. The indirect beneficiaries of the project are all other members of the family of these women (including most improtantly any child of theirs born during the project), which is estimated to be somewhere around 6,000 people.

Locations: City of Maputo, Pronvices of Maputo, Sofala, and Zambezia

Total Budget: 260 000,00 €

Project Start Date: December 2012

Project End Date: October 2014

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