Measuring the impact of national PMTCT programmes:
Towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive
A short guide on methods
This short guide summarizes the different approaches to assessing specific outcomes of interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. It can serve as a reference that provides an overview of methods to measure PMTCT impact. It also can be used when planning impact assessment activities because the description may support the selection of activities and estimation of the cost of a particular assessment method.
Different metrics can be used to assess the effectiveness and impact of national PMTCT programmes. These include the level of new paediatric HIV infections, the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, maternal survival and health, child survival and health, HIV-free survival, effect on health services, and cost-effectiveness.