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Yaoundé, Cameroon
Yaoundé, Cameroon

Healthy baby gives new hope to HIV-positive mother

Published on : 3 November 2012 - 10:38am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: Flickr CC)
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Understanding the PMTCT

Sirri Lilian Chebe (L)

Sirri Lilian Chebe, who is responsible for counselling and monitoring HIV-positive patients at a local NGO, explains that the PMTCT is “a prophylactic treatment that is given to HIV-positive women free of charge. It is a treatment that runs throughout the pregnancy up to delivery and prevents the mother from passing the virus on to her baby.”

She further explains: “The first dose of the treatment is administered on the fourteenth week of the pregnancy and subsequently once a month until delivery. After delivery, the mother follows another treatment for a week.”

With regards to breastfeeding, Lilian Chebe adds: “When the mother chooses to breastfeed, the baby is placed under treatment from the time of birth up until the end of the breastfeeding period. The child will be first tested at six weeks. If it is HIV-negative, it will continue with the breastfeeding. We do a second test six weeks after the end of the breastfeeding period.”

Cameroonian Bridget Naby is a happy young mother. Yet, she was diagnosed with HIV. But thanks to the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), she gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby, much to her surprise. 
 
By Anne Mireille Nzouankeu, Yaoundé
 
“I went for an antenatal consultation and they discovered I had HIV.” Bridget, who is now 24, recalls when she learned about her HIV status in 2010, during her second pregnancy. “I was very shocked to learn that I was HIV-positive, because for me it immediately meant death. I considered having an abortion because I didn’t want a sick child who would be a source of problems.”

Not convinced
The young mother, who lives in the town of Njinikom in Cameroon’s north-west province, was then taken care of by the medical staff at the local hospital. They explained to her that, thanks to the advances in medicine, it is now possible for HIV-positive women to give birth to healthy babies.

“I accepted to follow a programme called Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, even though I didn’t really believe in it. Despite the encouragements from the medical staff, I was convinced it would be a mistake to keep the baby. But I went through with the pregnancy anyway,” admits Bridget.

A few months later, the young woman gave birth to a beautiful son, who was HIV-negative. "At that time, I felt a heavy load falling off my shoulders; a great relief to learn that my baby is healthy,” Bridget narrates with a broad smile.

Safe breastfeeding
Bridget was only fifteen years old when she first fell pregnant. At the time, she did not know she was HIV-positive and only found out during her second pregnancy. Her first child, who is now seven, is also HIV-positive.

According to a UNICEF report by the Yaoundé office, published in June 2012, the HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women is at 7.6 percent in the country. The report states further that 20 percent of mother to child transmissions of HIV occur during pregnancy, 65 percent at the time of birth and 15 percent during breastfeeding.

Despite her status and still thanks to the PMTCT programme, Bridget was nevertheless able to breastfeed her second son for six months.

“The breastfeeding was safe because the baby was under prevention treatment throughout the process. Today, my son is fourteen months old and HIV-negative,” says a happy Bridget.

Life after HIV
The prevention of mother to child transmission programme also includes family planning courses, counselling on sexuality and co-infection. “After attending those classes, I opted for abstinence. My two children have two different fathers, who both vanished when I told them about my pregnancy. I prefer to focus on my children’s education,” says Bridget.

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The PMTCT has also made, Bridget, who is also under antiretroviral treatment, become more responsible. “In the past, I was not taking my medication regularly and I didn’t have a job. I did not see the point of looking after myself and my health. My life was over. It’s like asking someone to use a device with a dead battery. There is no point,” she explains.

“I used to think that there was no life after HIV but now I know there is one. My first son is HIV-positive and under ARV treatment. But seeing my second son in good health gives me the courage to keep on fighting. The PMTCT gave me hope.”

Discussion

Nicole Tyler 16 July 2014 - 7:34pm / UNITED KINGDOM

I am out here to testify about the good work Dr Marvel has done in my life with his healing spell. I have be suffering fom HIV diseases for the past 8 months now before I came across Dr Marvel who healed me with his powerful healing spell. I never believe that Dr Marvel could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution to my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of a lady who was testifying about how she get cured of her HIV disease with the help of these great powerful healing spell caster called Dr Marvel. So i have to contact him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is always getting his or her healing in just 3 days after doing all he ask from me, so i was happy all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed,I regain all the strength that has left me before back and i becomes very strong and healthy,this disease almost end my life, so i went to the hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very happy and grateful to Dr Marvel about the healing he have given to me with his healing spell. You can also email him for any kind of help via email extremespellhome@hotmail.com or directly through his website http://extremespellhome.webs.com. thank you once again Dr Marvel.

bella 3 July 2014 - 6:26am / usa

Healing from HIV-AIDS, i never taught dr.UTIMATE who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i could'nt find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend alot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Doctor UTIMATE, i never knew it was alll because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is ! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i went to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing dr.UTIMATE gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: utimatespellhome@gmail.com

doris carter 3 July 2014 - 6:24am / usa

DR Ativie is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i could’nt find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend alot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come accross a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Papa Ativie, i never knew it was alll because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is ! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strenght that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i went to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing Dr Ativie gave to me from the ancient part of africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: ativiehealingspellhome@gmail.com. thank you sir for healing me from HIV, i am Doris Carter.

frank silver 3 July 2014 - 6:23am / canada

All thanks to Dr Ohehe for curing my HIV positive to Negative, i do not have much to say but with all my life i will for ever be grateful to him and God Almighty for using Dr Ohehe to reach me when i thought it is all over, today am happy with my two kids and my husband after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative,i have never in my life believed that HIV could be cure by any herbal medicine. so i want to use this means to reach other persons who have this disease by testifying the wonderful herbs and power of Dr Ohehe that all is not lost yet, try and contact him by any means with his email: ohehenemenspelltemple001@gmail.com

Ella jane 13 June 2014 - 6:28am / USA

I am Ella James From USA You must be very careful here,I have lost over $25,000 dollars to different people hoping my hiv illness will be gone,I try and try but they all fail me,I got affected with this sickness 2 years ago when I went to Uganda and since then life has mean nothing to me I have taken thousands of drugs but my situation still remain positive,Until I saw on a site how Mama Anita Help cure HIV for one south Africa lady so I decide to give the last try.When I contact this woman Mama Anita she told me all i will do is pay $620 so he can arrange me a native cream and liquid substance to bath for 3 days,But at first I was scared because of my past experience.Then the next day I have a feelings that I should give her a try and I actually send her the money and I got the package and did as she said then the 4th day i went to check my status and the doctor said I am negative I was short of joy and could not believe it..i did the same text again and still negative Now I am free from HIV please if you are out there looking for real HIV cure then Mama anita is the one because many here are nothing but scam her email contact is.....(mamaanitahivcurecenter@gmail.com)...Ella Jane

jose 9 June 2014 - 11:59pm / usa

It is no longer news that the Acquired immune deficiency syndrome /Human Immune Virus (HIV/AIDS) is increasing by the day. The fear is that many people living with the sickness are scared of saying it because of the stigma that comes along with it.I am bold enough among many others to state that there is now a potent cure to this sickness but many are unaware of it. I discovered that I was infected with the virus 8yrs ago, after a medical check-up. My doctor told me and I was shocked, confused and felt like my world has crumbled. I was dying slowly due the announcement of my medical practitioner but he assured me that I could lead a normal life if I took my medications (as there was no medically known cure to HIV). I went from churches to churches but soon found that my case needed urgent attention as I was growing lean due to fear of dying anytime soon. In a bid to looking for a lasting solution to my predicament, I sought for solutions from the voodoo world. I went online and searched for every powerful trado-medical practitioner that I could severe, cos I heard that the African Voodoo Priests had a cure to the HIV syndrome. It was after a little time surfing the web that I came across one DR IWAJOWA (A powerful African Voodoo Priest), who offered to help me at a monetary fee. I had to comply as this was my final bus-stop to receiving a perfect healing. My last resolve was to take my life by myself, should this plan fail. Alas! it worked out well. He gave my some steps to follow and I meticulously carried out all his instructions.
Last month, 13 June, 2013, to be precise, I went back to the hospital to conduct another test and to my amazement, the results showed that " I am NEGATIVE".
You can free yourself of this HIV virus by consulting this great African Voodoo Priest via this e-mail: IWAJOWATELLERSPELL@YAHOO.COM OR CALL +2348103508204 He will help you.
Jose Meltah

Anonymous 22 May 2014 - 8:19am / usa

Healing from HIV-AIDS, i never taught greatgumblaspellhome@outlook.com who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution to my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend alot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Holly! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Dr Gumbala , i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is ! always getting his or her healing in just 3 days after doing all he ask from me, so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy,this disease almost kills my life, so i went to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing Dr Gumbala gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: greatgumblaspellhome@outlook.com

Anonymous 8 May 2014 - 2:10am / USA

I am from USA, I want to use this medium to testify of how i got cured from HIV AIDS. I contacted HIV from my husband, my husband died 2 years ago from this disease, my life was gradually coming to an end living with this deadly disease daily, i did all i could to get cured from this disease but all to no avail, until i saw a post on health forum about a spell caster who cure all kind of diseases including HIV AIDS, when i contact this healing spell doctor he helped me cast a healing spell and i got cured within 72hours (3days), I am back on my feet again. Contact this spell caster for any kind of disease via this email azizahealingtemple@gmail.com

Eduardo6112 1 March 2014 - 5:16pm / United States

If having a baby is one of your dreams, HIV doesn’t have to stand in the way. Thanks to advances in treatment and prenatal care, the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission is now less than 2% in the U.S.—down from about 25% in the early 1990s. http://www.bitcoincasinoo.blogspot.com

Mike Lawson 26 September 2013 - 1:05pm

As we all known the babies are the living god and therefore we should be more aware of the health issues. When a mother is infected with HIV then there is a maximum chance that the baby can be infected also so in the recent communication it has been seen that the baby is perfect and it is a great hope for the baby.
http://www.babysteals.com.au/

Nick Styene 11 July 2013 - 4:55pm

When a mother is suffering from HIV positive then most probably it is possible that the new born baby might be also suffering from HIV positive. Basically the chances of HIV would a little less with the new born baby, but a healthy baby gives positive hopes in HIV positive mothers. We should aware of these problems and its cure to prevent from HIV issues. Therefore WHO and other health care organizations are offering various kinds of health care awareness programs for the people.
http://www.babysteals.com.au/blog

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