More than 70,000 newborns are born HIV infected in Nigeria each year—a number that could be reduced through screening pregnant women and starting treatment early. But the testing strategy and frequent test kit shortages left many women and babies at risk. The solution: a better algorithm.
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health asked APHL to help develop a solution. Working from experience gained with the National Quality Assurance Team partnership, APHL worked toward a systems- and evidence-based approach. APHL analyzed data from a field study and created a new algorithm that made greater use of available test-kit resources without compromising effectiveness. The result brings a new level of health to mothers and babies.