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The PMTCT ‘B+’ Patient Education and Counseling Toolkit.

Project Description

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV in order to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of the virus.  Also known as ‘Option B+‘, this refers to an approach in which all pregnant women living with HIV receive a triple-drug ART regimen, regardless of the CD4 count or clinical stage, for their own health, to prevent vertical transmission, and for additional HIV prevention benefits.

This PMTCT B+ patient education and counseling (PEC) toolkit consists of:

  • Patient Education and Counseling guide that contains key messages and adherence steps to be discussed with pregnant and post-partum women at key moments in their follow-up, available in English and Français.
  • A PMTCT B+ visual aid (flip chart) to facilitate communication between health care workers and pregnant women during educational sessions.  This flip chart is available in:
    • English (in smaller PDF format and a much larger Word version that can be modified)
    • et aussi en Français (smaller PDF and larger Word versions).
  • Examples from South Africa of leaflets (postcards) that patients can take home, which provide key messages related to PMTCT in short, easy-to-digest portions.  They have been designed to resemble attractive postcards and patients are encouraged to display them in their home with the aim of further disseminating these messages.

Note that all of these tools should be adapted to the reality in your project/setting.


PMTCT one-day training package now available

A full training package can be downloaded by clicking here, which can be used to assist in the organization of a one-day, face-to-face training on PMTCT.  The package includes an agenda, 7 session plans, powerpoint presentations, and exercise materials.

To make this one-day training more efficient, it is recommended that all training participants first study the PMTCT module in the (free) HIV/TB online course.  The PMTCT module is comprised of 4 units, which should take approximately four hours to complete.


Another good source for practical information on PMTCT, including a number of videos, comes from MSF’s Operational Centre Geneva (OCG):  ‘Swaziland Born HIV-free’ ( is an entire website devoted to preventing transmission of the virus from mother-to-child in that country.

Project Details

  • Date November 8, 2013
  • Tags HIV, Patient education and counseling, PMTCT
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