Stars Come Out for m2m in Londonmothers2mothers hosted a magical evening in London on Thursday, October 3rd to support its vital work preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and celebrating the more than 1.2 million HIV-positive women that m2m has reached in sub-Saharan Africa. Acclaimed singer, songwriter, campaigner, and activist Annie Lennox performed at the event, and internationally-renowned actor Richard E. Grant and successful author, broadcaster, and businesswoman Muriel Gray shared hosting duties. We are grateful to GUCCI for its sponsorship.
However, the night's brightest star was Jane Njoki Peris, a mother of three children who has been living with HIV for more than 20 years. She moved the audience with her stories of almost dying of AIDS, what brought her back to health, and how she now finds inspiration and purpose as a Mentor Mother Team Leader at m2m’s Mathare North Health Centre site in Nairobi, Kenya, helping other HIV-positive mothers lead positive and healthy lives. Jane left the stage to a standing ovation. Read more.
The Proof Is in the PuddingEvery year, mothers2mothers conducts a thorough evaluation of its programme to assess the impact it is having on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and promoting maternal health. This analysis helps m2m ensure that it is providing the highest quality services at all of its sites. m2m is very pleased with the findings of the 2012 evaluation, which show across-the-board improvements in the percentage of its clients following key medical interventions that are critical to reducing paediatric HIV infections and improving the health of mothers living with HIV, compared to the 2011 findings. Read more.
Three Days and $4,000 to GoThere are only three days left in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge and we need your help to raise just over $4,000 to meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 (or £15,000), which can pay for one m2m site for one year in sub-Saharan Africa, and help hundreds of HIV-positive women stay healthy and protect their babies from being infected with HIV. If you haven’t had a chance to support us in the Challenge yet, you still have until Friday, November 22nd at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time in the U.S.to do so. Additionally, this week’s Bonus Challenge is a $15,000 match. Skoll will match the first $30 of the next 500 donations that any of the participating organisations receive. For those of you who have donated to the Challenge or set up your own fundraising campaign on m2m’s behalf, we send a big thank you for all of your support!
Mentor Mothers’ Exciting New Role:
Earlier this year, 24 Mentor Mothers and Site Coordinators in South Africa participated in a five-day workshop that was a mothers2mothers (m2m) first. In addition to focusing on the prevention of HIV from mother to child, they received training on how to support HIV-negative women and provide education and referrals on a wide range of health issues, including cervical cancer, TB, malaria, and nutrition. Read more here.
Gloria's Adventures in Europe:Gloria Ncanywa – a former Mentor Mother who now supports the South Africa Programme Team at m2m’s head office in Cape Town -- travelled to Geneva and London in June for 10 days. While most of her time was spent meeting current and potential m2m supporters and talking about the lifesaving work that Mentor Mothers are doing, she also had time to take in some sights, including one that she never expected -- a pack of nude cyclists riding through the streets of London. Read more here.
m2m Reveals Refreshed Vision and Mission:As Mentor Mothers’ roles evolve through m2m’s Enhanced Programme Model (story above), so too is the language that guides and motivates our work. Earlier this summer CEO Frank Beadle de Palomo unveiled a refreshed vision and mission for m2m that reflect the inspiring new responsibilities of Mentor Mothers as essential frontline healthcare workers. Read more here.
An m2m Success Story: Preparing for Post-election Violence in Kenya:On March 4, 2013, droves of Kenyans cast their votes in one of the most anticipated general elections in the nation’s history. It was the first time the country went to the polls since the hotly contested election five years ago that resulted in unprecedented levels of violence, the loss of over 1,200 lives, and difficulties getting the most basic services in the period that followed. mothers2mothers’ (m2m) country office in Kenya was concerned that its HIV-positive clients would not be able to access the critical medicine and support needed to keep them and their babies healthy. To make sure that didn’t happen, m2m set up contingency plans and was the only PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) organisation to stay open in the two weeks following the election. Read More.
In Appreciation of Fathers
mothers2mothers (m2m) knows that without fathers, there wouldn’t be mothers! In fact, fathers can do so much to help their partners stay healthy and keep their babies free of HIV. Take Robert Kankati in Uganda, whose wife found out she was HIV positive while pregnant. Watch his story here.
m2m’s New Partnership with Influential Bloggers
What do bloggers who write about culture, travel, home decorating, parenting, work, healthy living, fashion, and beauty have in common with the HIV-positive women we work with in Africa? They care deeply about promoting healthy motherhood and making sure that every child everywhere is born free of HIV. This team of eleven accomplished bloggers is supporting our mothers in Africa with an exciting new monthly blog on our website, called m2m Mums the Word. Read more here.
Why We Do What We Do
One of the greatest rewards at mothers2mothers (m2m) is seeing a mother and baby who are healthy and excited about the future because of the support and information they received from our programme. We met Delisile Dlamini, her husband and 14-month-old daughter earlier this month at their small house in Manzini, Swaziland. Her story shows how Mentor Mothers are changing the lives of mothers and families throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Watch a video from one of our moms!
Country Focus: Swaziland's Unexpected Success Tackling Paediatric HIV:
Khanyisile Mavimbela (pictured on right) took her first HIV test when she was in her late twenties, unmarried and pregnant. Shocked when the results came back positive, she worried she would infect her baby with the virus. She felt scared and alone, and didn’t know where to turn for help.
Khanyisile’s story is all too common in Swaziland, a small landlocked kingdom nestled next to the Lumbombo Mountains and bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The country’s unfortunate claim to fame is that it has the highest rate of HIV in the world. Read More
m2m Launches Exciting New Regional Project with USAID
mothers2mothers (m2m) has launched a new regional project with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that has the potential of bringing our lifesaving peer education and support services to countries throughout Southern and Eastern Africa, the region hit hardest by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The project, called Mentor Mothers Reducing Infections through Support and Education (RISE), is the first regional partnership between m2m and USAID. Read More
The 2012 holiday season and start to 2013 were quite busy here at m2m, including a huge development in m2m Kenya. Read on for exciting m2m updates!
Great m2m news in Kenya: m2m is proud to share an exciting milestone for our organization – the release of national guidelines for the Kenya Mentor Mother Program (KMMP) that will place Mentor Mothers at health centers throughout Kenya in order to provide many more HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers with lifesaving information and support. The KMMP is modeled in large part on m2m’s Mentor Mother program, and is the first program that m2m has helped develop to integrate Mentor Mothers into a national healthcare system. Read the KMMP Guidelines here.
A Mother’s story from Kenya Mentor Mothers:
As part of a story writing workshop organized by USAID in Kenya, m2m Program Assistant and former Site Coordinator, Emily Owino, wrote an inspiring piece about what happened when pregnant Naomi Joy, a counselor who works with commercial sex workers, found out something she thought would never happen to her—that she was HIV positive. The story of how Joy kept her baby HIV-free highlights the importance and great potential of Kenya’s national campaign to stop new HIV infections among children by 2015, and keep their mothers alive, which was launched by Kenyan Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, Beth Mugo. Read the moving story in its entirety on Kenya’s USAID site.
m2m mother sends holiday greetings: This 2012 holiday season, mothers2mothers transported supporters through video to the township of Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town, by introducing extraordinary Mentor Mother, Nozi Samela. In three daily installments, Nozi shared her story of what happened after she was diagnosed HIV positive while pregnant, how she faced unimaginable heartbreak in the years that followed, and what restored her hope for the future.
See all three segments of Nozi’s story on youtube, or by clicking here.
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