Interagency Task Team HIV in Humanitarian Emergencies: PMTCT IN HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS Part I: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

Humanitarian emergencies in countries with a high HIV disease burden can cause considerable prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) antiretroviral (ArV) treatment interruption. The risk of drug resistance emerging is increased, efficacy of treatment compromised and the effective scale-up of lifelong antiretroviral treatment (ArT) for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV impeded. Strategies to ensure the uninterrupted supply of ArVs for PMTCT during crises are therefore needed. This paper highlights lessons learned from PMTCT implementation in emergencies based on reported literature and key informant interviews and recommendations made.