Post-natal HIV care in Africa
Pregnant women and new mothers who have HIV need special care and treatment. When HIV-infected pregnant women take their medications, the chances they will pass on the virus to their children is very low. But our field research in South Africa shows that many women stop taking their meds once their baby is born, and do not return to the clinic. This puts them at risk of illness and death, and also risks transmitting the virus to their babies through breastfeeding.
We want to incentivize care
We can help women get the care they need. Working with a skilled local partner organization in South Africa—Right to Care—we have had significant success in helping NGOs and government improve their clinic-based HIV treatment programs. We want to leverage that success.
We want to persuade women to return to the clinic after delivery of their babies, by providing them with a one-time, small-but-meaningful financial incentive—in the form of a 50-rand cell phone voucher, worth about $5—to receive their post-natal medications and counseling.
How you can help
$7,200 will allow us to pilot the program with 200 pregnant women over a two- to three-month period at a Right to Care-supported HIV clinic in Johannesburg. With your help, this pilot program will provide us with the critical data we need to pursue a larger grant, and test this solution at scale. Up to now, few interventions have succeeded in helping new mothers get through this vulnerable period. We think this one can.