NACO launches pilot project, PPCT programme, inAndhra Pradesh and Karnataka

HIV positive women with CD 4 count of 350 and above are not only encouraged now to conceive but also breastfeed their child.

Health officials say under a pilot project launched by NACO on September 14, 2012 in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka named Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPCT) Plus Programme, they are expecting nearly 100 per cent positive results. Paramedics and doctors are geared up fully to take up the programme after extensive training.

For past four years, 200 women were covered every year in the district with the administration of single dose of Nevirapine tablet at the time of delivery.

Around 85 to 90 per cent prevention could be achieved during last year.

Healthy future

“We are expecting almost 100 per cent protection as well as healthy future for the new-born through encouragement of breast-feeding,” Additional District Medical and Health Officer (AIDS & Leprosy) Ronanki Ramesh told The Hindu .

Counselling and examination is done at Integrated Counselling and Test Centre (ICTC). CD 4 test facility is available at King George Hospital, Chest Hospital in the city and Area Hospital at Anakapalle. Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is given to all expectant mothers with a CD 4 count below 350.

Prophylaxis tablet is given from 14{+t}{+h}week of conception till stopping of breastfeeding. Under PPCT Plus, also known as Mamata, a pill with Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Efavirenz blended into one, is supplied. “After completion of one year, we are expecting 95 to 98 per cent success,” Dr. Ramesh said.

Under the new intervention, the child instead of Nevirapine syrup from birth to sixth week will be given Septran syrup till one and half years. Blood test will be conducted every six months till one and half years.

At present, the district has Integrated Testing and Counselling Centre at 65 of the 86 public health centres.

The facility will be extended to 21 PHCs mostly located in the Agency area during the year.


  • Paramedics and doctors geared up fully to take up the programme after extensive training

  • Counselling and examination is done at Integrated Counselling and Test Centre