We believe in the power of women to eliminate pediatric AIDS and create health and hope for themselves and their babies, families, and communities. Our mission is to impact the health of mothers by putting them at the heart of improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
mothers2mothers (m2m) works to eliminate pediatric HIV and improve the health and wellbeing of women, their children, and families. m2m's 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.
How will this project solve this problem?
Major progress has been made over the last decade towards eliminating pediatric AIDS, yet almost 700 children are still infected with HIV each day. Ninety percent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa, and nearly all of them acquire HIV from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. Half of these children will die before age two if the virus is untreated. These outcomes are unnecessary and unacceptable. No baby should be born with HIV and no mother should die of AIDS.
Potential Long Term Impact
mothers2mothers (m2m) trains, employs, and empowers mothers living with HIV to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improve the health of women, their partners, and families. Working alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centers as members of the healthcare team, these Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and support. They are rigorously trained and paid, which benefits not only their respective families but also their communities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,723
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,277
Total Funding Goal: $25,000