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.
Aug 11, 2015
m2m News: Making Headlines
By Frank Beadle de Palomo - President & CEO
Last week was a big one for mothers2mothers (m2m). We were profiled in the New York Times Opinion Pages on Friday, 17 July, in an article by Tina Rosenberg, "Mothers Helping Mothers to Live with HIV." And we are very proud that m2m Mentor Mother Nalumu Vivien Juliet was chosen to be featured in the UNAIDS MDG 6 report, "How AIDS Changed Everything," released earlier in the week. (links to both below)
The New York Times article is a very strong piece, highlighting the story of an m2m Mentor Mother in Kenya (Teresa Njeri) through the past lens of the HIV epidemic—Teresa learned of her infection in 2001—to current progress in combatting HIV/AIDS (i.e., drop in new infections among infants, increase in the number of individuals on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), etc.).
The article positions m2m quite well in several key and new areas, including:
Highlighting the strong work of Mentor Mothers in our flagship clinic-based programme
Reinforcing that our Mentor Mothers are not volunteers, that we pay them (with a wonderful ending quote from Dr. Sirengo, head of the national AIDS programme in Kenya)
Extending understanding of our Community component ("rid[ing] bicycles from village to village, knocking on doors of mothers who missed medical appointments")
Drawing attention to our work in retention and adherence (reducing socio-cultural and psychological barriers) and the need for stronger and longer support post-delivery, and supporting treatment for life
Trumpeting the excellent data from our Uganda cost-benefit analysis, including the cost-saving conclusion of the program saving $11.40 in treatment costs because fewer babies were infected
Focusing on our market penetration (e.g., in Kenya, through our direct services and through local implementing organizations that implement the model, reaching nearly 70% of HIV-positive Kenyan women giving birth)
I hope you enjoying reading them.
Frank Beadle de Palomo President & CEO
Jul 2, 2015
mothers2mothers Double Your Mommy Report
By Alexia Burton - Development Officer
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mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African-based non-profit leader in global efforts to create an HIV-free generation. We utilize the power of women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, eliminate pediatric AIDS, address reproductive maternal, newborn and child health issues, and create health and hope for families and communities.
Since our founding in 2001, m2m has reached over 1.3 million HIV-positive women. Currently, m2m operates 340 sites in 6 countries. Last year, m2m employed 942 HIV-positive women as Mentor Mothers and Site Coordinators, educated and supported 384,056 HIV-negative women on how to keep themselves negative, and mentored 100,486 HIV-positive women on how to protect their babies from HIV, and improve the health and well-being of themselves and their families.
DOUBLE YOUR MOMMY CAMPAIGN:
This marked mothers2mothers’ 3rd annual Double Your Mommy Campaign designed to celebrate the special women in everyone’s lives .
This year, m2m had four different donation options:
$25 Feed A Mom & Baby: A $25 donation can help provide a week of nutritious meals to a pregnant mom.
$50 Buy A Phone, Save A Baby: A $50 donation can provide a cell phone and airtime for a Mentor Mother in Kenya.
$100 A Different Kind of House Call: A $100 donation can pay for one Mentor Mother to do critical community outreach for more than a month in rural Malawi.
You Decide: A donation of any amount contributes to helping make the dream of an HIV-free generation a reality.
We are so grateful that our 2015 Double Your Mommy Campaign was a success, and we thank everyone who participated to help mothers, their babies, families, and communities live a healthy life!