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Development of a Model for National Scale-up of the Pratt Pouch to Expand Infant Nevirapine Prophylaxis in Uganda, Prevent Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV, and Save Infant Lives

The Pratt Pouch, a foilized, polyethylene pouch (similar to a ketchup pouch) designed and proven to safely store NVP doses, offers an innovative way to expand NVP coverage. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and its partners propose to introduce and scale up the Pratt Pouch in antenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care services in Uganda. Integrating this technology into existing services will simplify dosing and ensure all HIV-positive women have access to infant NVP. The easy-to-use pouches will empower women to immediately initiate NVP after delivery and encourage them to deliver in a health facility or bring their infants for postnatal care within 14 days.

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