How mothers help mothers

19 Feb 2018

Watch how our partner mothers2mothers trains and employs HIV-positive mothers to help other women infected with the virus, educating and supporting them through pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

More than 200 babies are infected with HIV every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of them are infected by their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. Effective and inexpensive medical interventions are available that can keep mothers and babies healthy. Without these interventions, up to 40% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers will contract the virus. With treatment, this can be reduced to 2%.

However, all too often stigma, understaffed hospitals and inaccessible roads prevent women from seeking life-saving, antiretroviral therapy. A positive test can cost a woman her marriage, financial support, friends and family.

Our partner mothers2mothers trains and employs HIV-positive mothers to help other women infected with the virus, educating and supporting them through pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

Because these “Mentor Mothers” are employed and gain financial security, they become respected role models in their communities, reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV-AIDS.

 

We are supporting mothers2mothers to implement its model in seven health facilities and surrounding communities in east central Uganda, training 119 women with a view to reaching 44,700 women, 35,306 children and 6,500 adolescent girls and young women.