Home visits help women with hiv and their babies

A RANDOMISED controlled trial of perinatal home visits in addition to clinic-based care found the intervention led to longer exclusive breastfeeding, better infant birth weight and improved infant cognition at 18 months compared to clinic-based care only.

The study found the women visited by trained supporters were 50% more likely to take steps to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, such as taking antiretroviral drugs for the six weeks prior to childbirth and babies receiving the drugs for at least six weeks postpartum.

PloS One 2014; online 23 Oct