First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the national patron of the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and keeping mothers alive, has reiterated her commitment to continuing leading the zero transmission of HIV from mother to child in 2021.
Her commitment to EMTCT delivery was conveyed by Beyond Zero Coordinator Angella Langat on Tuesday in Malindi during a consultative meeting between the Ministry of Health, the National Aids Control Council, and the County Executive Committee Members for Health.
The First Lady emphasized the need to fast track EMTCT to recover gains lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was announced the launch of the Beyond Zero Summit 2021 would be held in September to recognise the role nurses play as frontline workers in the delivery of EMTCT and the steps being taken towards the realisation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) across all the 47 counties.
The summit will build on Beyond Zero’s interventions rolled out starting 2016 in conjunction with the World Bank and the Kenya Medical Training College where World Bank-sponsored 1,200 students to train as Enrolled Community Health Nurses. Some of the nurses have graduated and are employed by county governments under the UHC programme.