MOTHERS AT THE FRONTLINE OF COMMUNITY HEALTH
mothers2mothers (m2m) employs women living with HIV to help other women and their families access essential services and medical care. Our funding allowed m2m to expand its services in Uganda, including early childhood development, paediatric care and adolescent mentoring. Since 2001, m2m has served more than 13.5 million people in Southern and Eastern Africa and has created jobs for over 11,500 women living with HIV.
m2m trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline community health workers – called Mentor Mothers – in severely under-served communities. Mentor Mothers work at health centres and in their communities to support women, children, adolescents and entire families to access necessary healthcare.
Preventing HIV infection and related diseases is a key focus of the programme. Mentor Mothers’ services span pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood development to ensure babies are born, and stay, HIV-free.
Trained Adolescent Peer Educators work in the same communities to educate adolescent girls and young women about sexual and reproductive health.
MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV TRANSMISSION RATE
compared to 40% without m2m services
Photo credits: Header © mothers2mothers/Karin Schermbrucker
Challenge: © Cartier Philanthropy / Cyril Le Tourneur