This guideline is meant to help countries to more effectively and efficiently plan develop and monitor programmes and services that promote gender equality and human rights and hence are more acceptable and appropriate for women living with HIV taking into account the national and local epidemiological context. It discusses implementation issues that health interventions and service delivery must address to achieve gender equality and support human rights.
It aims to provide evidence-based recommendations for the SRHR of women living with HIV in all of their diversity, with a particular focus on settings where the health system has limited capacity and resources; and good practice statements on key operational and service delivery issues that need to be addressed.
Executive summary from the World Health Organization’s Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive and rights of women living with HIV providing a summary list of WHO recommendations for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women living with HIV and of good practice statements for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women living with HIV.
The overall purpose of this guideline is to improve the HIV-free survival of HIV-exposed infants by providing guidance on appropriate infant feeding practices and use of ARV drugs for mothers living with HIV in countries with high HIV prevalence and settings in which diarrhoea, pneumonia and undernutrition are common causes of infant and child mortality.
The guideline addresses four aspects of infant feeding in the context of HIV:
the duration of breastfeeding by mothers living with HIV;
interventions to support infant feeding practices by mothers living with HIV;
what to advise when mothers living with HIV do not exclusively breastfeed; and
what to advise when mothers living with HIV do not plan to breastfeed for 12 months.
The guideline informs national policy-makers on what may be relevant for national policies and programmes, it provides guidance to health-care providers, researchers and clinicians involved in managing pregnant women and mothers living with HIV at various levels of health care.