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Health Department expands ARV treatment for under-fives

The Department of Health has, since August 2012, implemented an expanded ARV treatment regime for children under the age of 5 years.

Based on recent findings of a recent study of low levels of early identification of HIV-exposed children resulting in children being missed, and given the fact that WHO clinical staging is not routinely performed on children who test HIV-positive, all HIV-positive children under the age of 5 years will be initiated on ART regardless of their CD4 count and/or WHO Clinical staging. The Department’s circular observes that this should improve health outcomes, child survival and the quality of life of affected children.


Click here to view the Department’s Circular Minute No. 2 of 2012.