Our findings suggest that routinely reported EID completion in public health information systems may be substantially underestimated. Accurate determination of mother–infant pair outcomes in PMTCT programs is complicated by resource-constrained health information systems that involve multiple paper-based registers, lack of unique identifiers, and challenges with completeness and accuracy of information recorded. We demonstrate the value of sampling-based approaches in pediatric HIV research for providing important, context-based evidence for policy and programs.
Supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID and Families and Communities for Elimination of HIV in Zimbabwe (AID-613-A-12-00003, FACE HIV) (OPHID); K24 AI 134413 (E.G.); CFAR ISWG (P30 AI027763) (E.G.). R.A.F. is funded by the Wellcome Trust (206316/Z/17/Z).
Presented at: (1) 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015); July 19–22, 2015; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Abstract: MOPED747. (2) 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2015); November 29, 2015–December 4, 2015; Harare, Zimbabwe; Abstract: THUAC1105. (3) 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016); July 18–22, 2016; Durban, South Africa; Abstract: LBPE036.
The authors are grateful to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, participating health facilities, village health workers, and study participants. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of PEPFAR, USAID, NIH, CFAR, or Wellcome Trust.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020;83(3):235-239. © 2020 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins