mothers2mothers

Our mission is to impact the health of mothers by putting them at the heart of improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. Our Mentor Mother Model empowers mothers living with HIV, through education and employment, as role models to help other women access essential services and medical care. Through this Mentor Mother Model, we work with governments, local partners, and communities to: -Prevent HIV infections in children -Reduce maternal and child mortality -Advance healthy development of newborns and children -Improve the health of women, their partners and families -Promote universal access to reproductive health and family planning -Reduce stigma and discrimination -Pr...
Jun 1, 2015

Positive Women Living Positively

 

 

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Positive Women Living Positively

Spacer "Mind over Matter" is a pithy way people talk about the importance of a good attitude. But achieving high levels of psychosocial wellbeing for mothers2mothers' (m2m) clients is critical to their long-term health. That is why we are so delighted to share one of the significant findings of a recent evaluation of our programme in Uganda, which found that HIV-positive women who receive antenatal services at an m2m-supported health facility have better overall psychosocial wellbeing compared to women who do not have access to m2m's Mentor Mothers.

To better understand what this means for our clients, we asked Silindile Shozi, a Mentor Mother who runs m2m's programme at Turton Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as well as two of her clients, about the improvements they see every day.
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Spacer Community Mentor Mothers Supporting Option B+

m2m's Community Mentor Mothers (CMM), like Aisha in Uganda, reach out to HIV-positive women who have been put on treatment through Option B+, a universal approach supported by the World Health Organization that recommends all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women be put on triple antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the rest of their lives. We asked Aisha how her clients react when they find out they are HIV positive and must take drugs for life, and how CMMs like her support them.
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Spacer FebruaryArticle3 Results of Uganda Study Praised by Government Officials

m2m's programme in Uganda took centre stage on 10 April at a meeting in Kampala where Uganda's government officials gave high-level support and enthusiastic endorsement for the findings in the recent External Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis.
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Mar 10, 2015

Independent Evaluation Produces Exciting Findings

 

 

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Independent Evaluation Produces Exciting Findings

Spacer An independent evaluation finds that mothers2mothers' (m2m) Mentor Mother Model improves maternal and infant health outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing. At the same time, it achieves significant savings by preventing paediatric HIV infections, thereby reducing treatment costs. Spacer   Share

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Spacer Reaching Out Into the Community

This month we would like to introduce you by video to one of m2m’s amazing Community Mentor Mothers (CMMs)Musana – who tested positive for HIV in 2010 during her third pregnancy, and was helped by Mentor Mothers to overcome the shock of her diagnosis and protect her baby from HIV infection. She is now helping other mothers do the same in communities in East Central Uganda. CMMs, like her, are part of a new m2m programme in Malawi, Uganda, Swaziland, and Lesotho to reach women who haven’t engaged with the healthcare system at thFebruary2015Article2 2eir homes and encourage them to seek medical care.
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Spacer FebruaryArticle3 #4BetterHealth: Voices from the Field

Only half of pregnant women worldwide access the four antenatal visits recommended by the World Health Organization to improve the survival and health of mothers and babies.

"One reason I would see in why women present very late [in their pregnancy] is their economic status. The community we serve here is lower income and so a pregnant woman may listen to advice from neighbours which can discourage them...Then there are those who believe that since they feel fine, they will wait as long as possible before coming in." -- Rahab Njoki, m2m Mentor Mother Team Leader from Nairobi, Kenya
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m2m was thrilled to be part of the Red Nose Day launch – a U.K. wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years that raises funds to help thousands of people in Africa. Read about the first ever "live" site visit m2m hosted in Kisumu, Kenya, for the 26 January launch. Spacer


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Dec 9, 2014

mothers2mothers Report (October - December 2014)

The Results Are In

Every year mothers2mothers (m2m) evaluates the performance of our country programmes. The results for 2013 are now in and we are delighted to report that m2m clients and their babies showed continued improvement in health behaviours and outcomes, and the performance at sites with an m2m presence surpassed almost all national rates where data are available. Even more exciting, analysis reveals that women who engaged a Mentor Mother two or more times were significantly more likely to adopt healthy behaviours than clients who saw a Mentor Mother only once.

 

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Cycle to Zero

On 25th October, a team of 24 cyclists will take off from Swaziland’s peaceful Usutu Forest and embark on a 250-400 km breathtaking journey across the mountainous kingdom of Swaziland, ending in 'the place where the sun rises' – the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. They will be participating in m2m’s inaugural Cycle to Zero to raise funds to help m2m eliminate paediatric AIDS by reaching more HIV-positive mothers and their babies with lifesaving education and support.

 

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m2m South Africa Programme Highlighted in IATT Report

m2m’s South Africa Programme received an important endorsement from the East and Southern Africa regional interagency task team (IATT) on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. A report from the 2014 Regional Stocktaking Meeting calls the Mentor Mother model a “best practice” in retaining mothers in PMTCT services, and highlights the South African government’s efforts to integrate Mentor Mothers into the health system (SAMMP project).

  

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