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Mothers and Babies Thrive on HIV Treatment

At the 2012 World Aids Conference in Washington DC that ended Friday a hotly debated topic was how best to prevent transmission of the virus that causes Aids from mothers to their babies. In South Africa, the country with the largest number of people living with Aids and where maternal deaths are climbing rather than crumbling, one community is turning the tide on HIV-related pregnancies.

At Khayelitsha Hospital's maternal obstetrical unit near Cape Town, HIV-positive mothers and their babies get life-saving treatment in a nation where maternal deaths remain at crisis levels.

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