Prevention of Parent To Child Transmission (PPTCT)
PPTCT services are available in 60 ICTCs and 10 Mobile ICTCs. Efforts are being made to reach out to pregnant women for counseling and testing and coverage of Mother-Baby pair for Nevirapine through outreach activities. The results have been encouraging.
Nagaland at present has 60ICTCs (56 Stand Alone and 4 PPTCTs – Prevention of parent to child transmission centre) located in all the 11 Districts and10 mobile ICTCs. All the ICTCs have counselors and lab technicians. There are also 50 Facility Integrated ICTC’s and 1 PPP (ICTC) in the state. NSACS provides HIV testing kits and consumables and trainings to these centers.
Supportive supervisions to all the ICTCs and FICTCs are carried out on a quarterly and need basis by the Basic Services Division, NSACS.
PPTCT Prophylactic Regimen (MULTI-DRUG REGIMEN)
NACO has incorporated a strategy for nationwide implementation, based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to provide lifelong ART (triple drug regimen) for all pregnant and breast feeding women, regardless of their CD4 count or WHO clinical stage. As this regimen has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV transmission from mother to child to less than 5%, this would also help in
(a) Increasing coverage of ART for those requiring anti retroviral treatment,
(b) Provide against mother to child transmission,
(c) Reduce the risk of HIV transmission to HIV sero discordant partners and
(d) Improve maternal health.
Multi-Drug Regimen which is supported by UNICEF was conducted in the month of October 2014.Trainings were imparted to the Medical Officers and Paramedics for Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Zunheboto, Mokokchung and Mon districts except Tuensang district.