Anti-retroviral Pouch for the Prevention of Transmission of HIV from Mother to Child During Home Birth
An HIV+ mother will often be reluctant to travel to a clinic the day or two after delivering her baby. She may feel too weak to travel to a clinic miles away or fear stigmatization after explaining why she must go to a clinic after delivering a healthy baby. This leaves millions of children at risk of becoming HIV+ during the birthing process. We have developed and tested in the laboratory a foilized, polyethylene pouch - something like a fast-food ketchup pouch - that can store the medication for months. If the mother is unable to make it to the hospital to deliver, she can tear open the pouch and provide the drugs to the infant, preventing her newborn from becoming HIV+.