Family and Reproductive Health Cluster biennial report: highlights of achievements in 2016-2017
This 2016/2017 biennial report summarizes progress made towards achieving the goals and objectives of all the strategies and frameworks being implemented by Member States in the areas of newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition, reproductive and women’s health, and immunization and vaccine development consistent with the life-course approach to health. It also highlights and the challenges faced by the Member States and the support provided to them by the Family and Reproductive Health Cluster’s programmes, in collaboration with partners. Lastly, it provides perspectives for 2018.
In the biennium 2016-2017, the African Region as a whole achieved prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) coverage of 79% (13% higher than in 2014) and five countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda) reached 95% antiretroviral (ARV) coverage in PMTCT which is the benchmark to undertake the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) validation process. To this end, a multi-agency1 Regional EMTCT Validation Team that will lead the elimination process in the Region has been established.