Thailand: A Case Study Eliminating Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV
Research shows that stigma negatively affects individuals’ motivation to seek antenatal care, disclose their HIV status to their partners, or access and adhere to treatment. While the role of peer educators in addressing self-stigma is highlighted in this report, gaps remain in terms of public education and awareness activities, which continue to influence the norms and attitudes of the general public.
This report highlights several factors that have together contributed to Thailand’s remarkable success in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. These factors include antenatal care delivery, access to antiretroviral therapies, effective monitoring and surveillance, standardized and adaptive healthcare delivery, and the role of civil society organizations in advocating for patients’ right and delivering health services. Together these factors ensured that government efforts to reduce MTCT not only impacted the general Thai population but also reached those who are otherwise difficult to reach.