This post is part of a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.
Today marked the first day of Maternal health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining research through a programmatic lens, a technical meeting convened in Boston, Massachusetts by the MHTF, USAID and CDC. The goal of the meeting is to bring together experts who are working to address maternal health and HIV/AIDS challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, to discuss emerging research linking maternal health and HIV, to identify research gaps, and to consider the programmatic implications of the evidence presented at the meeting.
Over the course of the first day, meeting participants presented recent research on the interconnections of maternal health and HIV. Participants covered such topics as the contribution of HIV to pregnancy-related mortality, HIV and postpartum morbidity, nutritional management of HIV infected women, stigma and discrimination, and issues of gender inequality and inequity as barriers to care, among other topics.
Day two will include conversations about lifelong ART for pregnant women, resource and programmatic challenges, ethical and medical issues, relevant experiences implementing Option B+, new policy guidelines, and the identification of key research questions that demand further exploration.
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Take a look at our storify for a recap of today’s discussions.
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Stay tuned to the MHTF for upcoming blog posts about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS as well as daily summaries and a final report from the meeting.