The elimination of infant HIV infections is a priority in Lesotho. As part of its strategy to reach this goal, the Ministry of Health and its partners are working to integrate nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into maternal and child health services. Improving maternal nutrition and infant and young child feeding practices can significantly improve birth outcomes and reduce postnatal mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
FANTA provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to improve the quality of clinic-based NACS services through the following activities:
- Reviewing and updating key national-level training resources, tools, and job aids for service providers
- Developing supervision, management, and coaching tools and processes
- Strengthening coordination between prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), nutrition, and quality improvement stakeholders
- Supporting cross-district and cross-country learning through engagement with the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival, which aims to accelerate adoption of the 2010 WHO guidelines on PMTCT and on HIV and infant feeding