Feature story

A Journey of Motherhood

11 May 2015

To commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day, UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) released a new video and special website featuring mothers who are HIV-positive.

In 2013 and 2014, UNICEF and the Global Fund asked six women in South Africa and Malawi to share their reflections, hopes and fears as they went through their pregnancies and the delivery of their babies, and in the months after their children were born.

A Journey of Motherhood acknowledges the particular challenges HIV-positive mothers experience to give birth to healthy HIV-negative children, and to remain healthy themselves. The initiative also stresses the progress made in providing HIV medicines to prevent new HIV infections among children worldwide.

Each year, approximately 1.5 million women living with HIV give birth. With no medical intervention, the risk of passing on the virus to their babies during pregnancy, delivery and the breastfeeding period can be as high as 45%. But today, medicine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV—a single, daily pill—reduces that risk to 5% or less.