Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Keeping mothers living with HIV healthy


Members of the community wearing t-shirts with slogans to support maternal, newborn and child health project © the Alliance

Over 100,000 people were reached by the Alliance’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) programme.

The 12 month (Oct 2010 - Sept 2011) programme was funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID). It sought to reduce HIV-related maternal mortality and improve health outcomes for HIV positive women in four countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

The four countries were identified because of their high burden of maternal mortality and HIV. The work was carried out by Alliance national Linking Organisation and Country Offices, supported by many community-based and civil society organisations.

Results include more informed communities, including chiefs and headmen and traditional birth attendants, and an increase in safe deliveries. You can read a summary of the results here, and a case study from each country below; plus see the highlights in pictures. You can click each picture to read more.


Up to 50,000 babies are estimated to be born with HIV in Kenya each year. Read how 27 community partners are working together to prevent mother to child transmission >>


Uganda has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world; 16 women die giving birth each day, yet fear prevents many women accessing health services. Read how peer educators are responding to the huge task of changing attitudes >>

South Sudan

The world’s newest country is facing huge challenges in developing health infrastructure. Rakshas (tuktuks) and radio are two of tools being used to increase referrals for pregnant women. Read more >>


When men recognise the value of maternal health services it can make it easier for women to access them. Read Amon’s story and find out how community outreach is engaging more men like him >>