Effective Control and Eventual Elimination of Hepatitis B: A Strategic Focus

PMTCT pilot project [Hubei, Xinjiang, 2005-2007]

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An initiative, led by Professor Gui Xien of Wuhan University’s Zhongnan Hospital, and implemented in Hubei,  proved the effectiveness of the integrated approach to prevention of mother-to-child transmission(PMTCT).

Findings indicated that mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B can be reduced to about 3% with pre-natal screening and timely intervention (according to “A Comprehensive Immunization Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States” published in 2005 by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), an estimated 30%-40% of chronic infections are believed to have resulted from perinatal or early childhood transmission). Vertical transmission rate of HIV also dropped to 4.4%, as opposed to 38.1% in the absence of appropriate intervention. The program, which generated a rich body of knowledge and field experience, has received wide recognition for its scientific findings.

In 2009, ZeShan Foundation supported a pilot scheme in Yunnan province, which integrated hepatitis B and syphilis screening with existing HIV testing services. The program was initiated by the New York-based
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) under the leadership of Dr. David Ho, whose research led to the development of cocktail therapy for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Carried out between January and August in 2009, the ZeShan funded program provided screening to more than 13,000 pregnant women and offered training to more than 40 healthcare providers.

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