MTCT-Plus History

In 2000, the MTCT-Plus Initiative was conceptualized in response to a call to action at the Durban International HIV Conference.  At that conference, Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH), asked a simple question – where did treatment of mothers fit into HIV perinatal prevention efforts? 

Before that time, programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV did not provide care and treatment to HIV-infected pregnant women and mothers. If the children were spared HIV infection, then ultimately their mothers would die without treatment.  The MTCT-Plus Initiative, recognizing the important roles that women play in their families and communities, built on PMTCT programs to include comprehensive treatment services for women throughout pregnancy and postpartum. 

As this and other programs as Columbia University have grown, the MTCT-Plus Initiative is now part of the larger International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs activities within MSPH.