By Theresa Rhodes - Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager
Meet Musana Aisha
Where has your donation gone?
Thank you for supporting mothers2mothers (m2m) and joining our efforts to end paediatric AIDS. So far we have raised $300 towards our goal of $15,000, but what can $300 really do?
$300 can help employ a Community Mentor Mother (CMM) in rural Malawi for about four months. CMMs are part of a relatively new m2m programme in Malawi, Uganda, Swaziland, and Lesotho to reach women who haven’t engaged with the healthcare system at their homes and encourage them to seek medical care.
Meet one of these CMMs, Musana Aisha, 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.
Theresa Rhodes Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager mothers2mothers
Jan 29, 2016
What Makes Us Smile
By Theresa Rhodes - Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager
mothers2mothers (m2m) 2014 annual evaluation of our facility-to-community peer Mentor Mother programme is an example of the progress that we are making in the countries we work. We are diligently working on the 2015 evaluation, however among m2m’s major achievements, mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been virtually eliminated among m2m clients, according to UN Global Plan Guidelines.
The evaluation – which looks at m2m programme performance in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda – also shows the scale of our service delivery. One in four HIV-positive women who delivered their babies in countries with a m2m presence received education and support from a Mentor Mother, through direct implementation or technical support. Furthermore, nearly 106.700 HIV-exposed infants benefitted from the Mentor Mother Model.
Oct 27, 2015
On the Road to UN General Assembly Week
By Dana Larkin - Communications and Finance Officer
On the Road to UNGA Week
m2m Mentor Mother and Spokeswoman Khanyisile Mavimbela left her home in a rural village in Swaziland in mid-September and set out on a ten-day journey across the United States. Her first stop was Dallas, Texas, where she met former First Lady Laura Bush (pictured above with Khanyisile and m2m Co-founder Robin Smalley) at the Global Women’s Network hosted by the Bush Center. She also spoke at several events at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) week in New York.
Improving health and welfare around the globe was front and centre at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September. World leaders adopted 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), a to-do list for the planet to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. Find out how m2m is advancing these goals.
In support of the SDGs, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon announced more than $25 billion in initial commitments to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents by 2030. Read m2m’s commitment.
Working Together for Better Results
m2m’s Community Mentor Mothers provide a vital link between communities and healthcare centres by reaching women at their homes and encouraging them to access medical care. We asked Community Mentor Mother Aisha Musana in Uganda to introduce us to her partner, Eseza, a Mentor Mother at the Malongo Health Centre III in East Central Uganda. See how, together, they provide women with a continuum of support.