The Task Force on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission was set up in 1998 by the UNAIDS Southeast Asia-Pacific Inter-Country Team (SEAPICT), at the request of one of its co-sponsors, UNICEF East Asia-Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO).

The Task Force acts as a technical forum supporting national efforts to eliminate new HIV infections and syphilis in children. It aims to help scale up HIV prevention among parents, enhance access to quality care, treatment and support of children and families living with HIV. All these efforts are in line with the achievement of Millenium Development Goals in Asia-Pacific.



  1. Regional representatives of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT), including four UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS), US CDC, other International Organizations and Foundations, such as National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan/NCGM, Family Health International (FHI), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and bilateral organizations;
  2. Policymakers and programme managers of national governments, including HIV and MCH, Sexual Reproductive Health and nutrition programmes;
  3. Technical experts/partner organizations in the field of PPTCT and treatment, care, and support for paediatric HIV;
  4. Regional networks and organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Positive Network (APN+), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


The Core Group members comprise of both MCH and HIV/STI sectors of the four UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS and UNFPA), and international partners (IPPF, NCGM, FHI) and meet at least annually to monitor and review progress.


UNICEF and WHO jointly serve as Secretariat of the Task Force. The secretariat organizes Asia-Pacific regional meetings twice in three years, on a geographic, rotational basis, with the support of task force members, and in particular, the Core Group of regional members.