Perinatal HIV

Nowhere is the devastating effect of HIV infection more obvious than in the transmission of HIV from mothers to their infants.

Perinatal HIV was written to address this challenge. It enables midwives, nurses and doctors to care for pregnant women and their infants in communities where HIV infection is common.

Special emphasis has been placed on the prevention of mother-to-infant transmission of HIV.

Chapters cover HIV infection, antenatal, intrapartum and infant care, and counselling.

  • Full title: Perinatal HIV: What health professionals need to know
  • Author(s): Perinatal Education Programme
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-920218-20-1
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-94-2
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-58-4

Testimonials and reviews

“The only option for optimum perinatal care” — Dr Anupama Reddy on the Implementation of the Perinatal Education Programme in India

“These courses are an eye opener for us. I consider these manuals and the knowledge that I gain from them important tools for performing my daily duties and I don’t fear managing a patient on my own whilst awaiting the doctor.” — Sister Vuyiswa Mabe, course evaluation for Perinatal HIV, 27 Jan 2010.

About the series editor

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.


The aim of this Perinatal HIV course is to improve the care of HIV-positive pregnant women and their newborn infants in all communities, especially in poor peri-urban and rural districts of southern Africa. Perinatal HIV was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, obstetricians, paediatricians, senior professors and colleagues in government health departments. This ensures a balanced, practical and up-to-date approach to common and important clinical problems.

We acknowledge the contributions of the following colleagues, each an expert in their own field of perinatal care or HIV management: Prof M. Adhikari; Dr R. Bobat; Dr J. Burgess; Sr F. Cope; Dr M. Cotton; Prof H. de Groot; Dr G. Gray; Dr D. Greenfield; Prof G. Hussey; Sr M. Kreft; Prof G. Maartens; Mrs S. Martindale-Tucker; Dr J. McIntyre; Dr C. Orrell; Sr M. Petersen; Dr K. Pillay; Prof G. Theron

We also acknowledge all the participants of the Perinatal HIV course who over the years have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of our courses can be improved.

We would like to thank Eduhealthcare for funding this publication.

Editor-in-chief of the Perinatal Education Programme, Prof D. L. Woods

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