The past few days have been full of news and blogs about the need to integrate maternal health services with HIV/AIDS, infant and child health programs and other allied fields. This buzz comes in the wake of the UNAIDS report released last week that presented data showing that HIV/AIDS is having a significant impact on maternal mortality in many parts of the world.
Click here to see the Population Reference Bureau’s, “Five Good Reasons to Integrate Family Planning/Reproductive Health and HIV Services.”
Check out this Boston Globe editorial, “A changing fight against AIDS,” that explains why HIV/AIDS prevention programs must coordinate with measures to reduce maternal mortality and children’s infectious diseases.
This piece on RH Reality Check, “Getting Health Priorities Right: Towards a Sustainable Global AIDS Response,” paints the picture of an HIV positive woman in Botswana who must travel 30 kilometers by foot for HIV/AIDS services—and another 50 kilometers to find a clinic with contraceptives.
In this article also from RH Reality Check, “Bridging An Inexplicable Divide: Integrating Reproductive Health Services and the Global HIV/AIDS Response,” Jeffrey Sturchio makes the case for integrating family planning and HIV/AIDS services and provides four specific recommendations for integrating the care and increasing access.
Finally, click here to see comments from Ann Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, about the first in a series of maternal health policy discussions at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The topic of the discussion was Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services. Click here to see the archived webcast of the event.