Costing for PMTCT Programs

Global Network of People Living with HIV
Kate Bourne
Gladys Marcell Arias, Richard Chen, Gelila Getaneh, Sarah Janowsky, Sara Bedford, Franklin Owusu

Established in 1986, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) supports equitable health and social services for people living with HIV. GNP+ recognizes that HIV communities, traditional/religious leaders, and community health workers play an essential role in reducing the prevalence of HIV, and these actors provide significant capacity in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Without understanding the cost of a critical set of community-led interventions and the circumstances under which a community should use each intervention, many countries are missing the opportunity to capitalize on their community networks and resources. With the support of GNP+, a Capstone team travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to identify and collect costing and program information for community engagement PMTCT interventions, specifically peer support and/or advocacy activities. The research was compiled into a narrative and costing information to help both Zambian and global partners build a compelling case for greater investment in community engagement within their PMTCT and HIV programs.