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If you close your eyes and listen to children playing in the schoolyard, it could be any elementary school in the world, but this is Ithange Primary School two hours east of Nairobi, Kenya, off the main highway down a red dirt road partly washed away by recent rains.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) Department of Global Outreach is embarking upon a collaborative project with the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University and the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, Zambia to review, identify, and understand the regulatory, educational, and health systems support that Ministries of Health must put into place to accomplish task sharing and task shifting in health facilities.
In Africa, HIV and AIDS affects women and mothers at a greater rate than men, creating a heavy disease burden among families. When parents die of the disease, children are left orphaned or given to the care of relatives who may not have the means to raise them. Pregnant and breastfeeding women who are infected with HIV also run the risk of transmitting the disease to their children.