ICAP partnered with UNICEF to host the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Interagency Task Team (IATT) on Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mothers, and Children. The meeting, held on April 26-27, 2012 at Columbia University in New York City, reviewed the progress of the Interagency Task Team, which is designed to support the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of Pediatric HIV Infection Among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive—and effort launched at the June 2011 UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS.
The IATT meeting included nearly 100 participants from more than 20 member organizations as well as several observers, and served as an opportunity for member agencies to review progress and planning on the elimination of mother to child transmission (eMTCT). Some of the meeting’s primary objectives included assessing structures, progress, and challenges associated with eMTCT goals, as well as determining how to leverage the Task Team’s capacity and resources to best support the health of mothers and MTCT elimination. Partners at the meeting emphasized the need to prioritize eMTCT as the first step in ending AIDS and develop an overall strategy to identify gaps and solutions to advance the 2015 Global Plan.