|Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Thai Red Cross Zidovudine Donation Programme (UNAIDS, 2001, 39 p.)|
The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS is threatening the gains made in child health over the past two decades. The epidemic significantly affects children and their families leaving many without protection, care or income. In co-ordination with the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre and the participation of the Thai people, a donation campaign called Save a childs life from AIDS was initiated with the key objective to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Because of their loyalty and great respect to His Majesty the King and the royal family members, the Thai population continuously donated wholeheartedly and with determination and in full cognizance of the importance of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. What needs to he done cannot be accomplished by one agency or group alone. It takes the shared commitment, decision making, resources and efforts of all sectors of society to achieve the goals of protecting children from HIV and its effects. In addition, the campaign has served to stimulate public awareness on HIV and AIDS in reproductive and child health.
It is therefore most appropriate that UNAIDS has chosen 10 publish this best practice document on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV since this can serve as a lesson learned in less-developed countries. I am convinced that this book will prove to he of lasting value not just scientifically but also in empowering of community participation and increasing public awareness on HIV/AIDS, leading to more effective HIV prevention programmes.
Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali