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

Province-wide implementation of iPMTCT [Hainan, 2013-2016]

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Vertical transmission (mother to child) is the most common way for children under 15 to be infected with HIV, HBV and syphilis.  It may pose the greatest obstacle to the effective control of infection among young children in China.  In collaboration with the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC), Chinese National Center for Women and Children’s Health (NCWCH), Chinese CDC, and Wuhan University, ZeShan began its support for pilot projects on prevention of mother to child transmission in HIV/AIDS in 2005. In light of the positive developments of the pilot initiative, scaled-up programs on IpMTCT of HIV, HBV and syphilis was carried out in several selected regions in 2010. 

Since the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, HBV and syphilis evolved as a strategic focus for ZeShan, a rich body of knowledge and field experience in the integrated approach and broad recognition for the significant scientific findings have been generated from its pilot schemes.

Building on the success of these findings and to demonstrate the feasibility of province-wide implementation of IpMTCT within the national health care delivery system, ZeShan supports a province-wide implementation of IpMTCT of HIV, HBV and syphilis in Hainan Province from July 2013 to June 2016. The demonstration program will validate the effectiveness of IpMTCT for HBV-infected women and their newborns as well as to demonstrate how to integrate HBV in the prevention of mother to child transmission for broader application in WHO West Pacific Region.  

The three-year demonstration project is jointly developed by Hainan provincial bureau of health (BOH) and Wuhan University. With the provincial Maternity and Children’s Hospital (MCH) as the coordinating unit, the province’s capacity in providing comprehensive care to pregnant women will be significantly strengthened.  

In implementing the province-wide integrated prevention program, services will be provided to over 400,000 pregnant women, their newborns and partners for prevention, intervention and counseling, which directly benefit over 1.2 million people in Hainan province. A signing ceremony that marked the official launch of the demonstration program was held in Haikou on 26 July 2013. The event attracted various national, regional and local media outlets to heighten public awareness and promote the message of equity, early detection and availability of health care services to all through enlightened policy development.  The Hainan provincial government has classified the IpMTCT program as one of the “Livelihood Programs” (民生工程) by designating it as one of the “Musts” for 2014’s budget. With very committed provincial-level government support and strong partnership with various parties, big steps that lead to annual funding for a government-funded service in IpMTCT is to be seen. 


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