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Contact Us: 301-865-9302
LifeRise AIDS Resources PO Box 306
Frederick, MD 21705-0306 USA
LifeRise® AIDS Resources, Inc.

Mother to Child

eradicate AIDS in children

The Need | LifeRise Strategy

The Need

Heartbreak of Infants Born with AIDS

A sad tragedy is that mothers may pass HIV to their infants in the womb, during delivery, or while breastfeeding. Most young children with AIDS are very sickly and die before their 3rd birthday unless they receive treatment. The heartbreak of children being born with AIDS can almost be eradicated by treating pregnant mothers with antiretroviral drugs. However, in poor countries women are not offered prevention.

Mothers and Babies Feel the Burden

Women who discover their HIV status through prenatal testing may find it difficult to disclose to their husbands for fear of blame, violence, or abandonment. Mothers experience emotional pain and guilt when they give birth to an infant with AIDS. They are uncertain whether they should have additional children even though they may face pressure from their husbands and cultural expectations of fertility. Women do not have access to alternatives to breastfeeding. Those who wean their babies early to prevent transmission through breast milk may encounter stigma. Both infected mother and baby will have significant ongoing medical needs.

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LifeRise Strategy

Effective Interventions

Testing

Help pregnant women and their partners to know their HIV status. Assist infants born to HIV-infected women to be tested.

Counseling

Help couples work through disclosure, marriage, and pregnancy issues

Access to Treatment

Assist pregnant women to start on HIV treatment and stay on it for life. Assist their newborns to receive preventive antiretroviral drugs.

Alternatives to Breastfeeding

Give mothers choices other than breastfeeding which are safe and affordable

Contraceptives

Offer means to prevent pregnancy

 

Bringing Hope of Christ

Through our projects, we bring the counsel, strength, and encouragement of the Lord to women facing dilemmas of pregnancy and care for sick infants. And, we help prevent children being born with AIDS so they experience God's gift of life free of this devastating illness.

 

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