Acute and Early HIV1 Infection in Childbearing Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum Period in Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana

National HIV prevention programs in Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana must effectively address the infection rate among childbearing women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This project aims to determine the incidence of HIV infection among pregnant and postpartum women.

Researchers from the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership will investigate and characterize the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission in acute infected individuals. The study will examine the relationship between HIV1 subtypes, and the incidence of HIV infections and drug resistant viruses. It will also explore clinical and immunological parameters or measures in relation to HIV subtypes among study participants in Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana. The research will establish if socio-demographic characteristics are associated with seroconversion - the development of antibodies - and mother-to-child transmission.

The overall objective of the project is to improve national HIV prevention programs and to use "Learning by Doing" to increase young researchers' expertise in methodology and research project management.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

End Date

Monday, December 15, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Cohen, Marc

Total funding

CA$ 55,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Rosemary M. Musonda


Botswana-Harvard Aids institute

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