By Dana Larkin - Communications and Development Officer
Independent Evaluation Produces Exciting Findings
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.Share
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 their homes and encourage them to seek medical care.
#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, KenyaShare
m2m Celebrates Red Nose Day Launch with Comic Relief
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.
Dec 9, 2014
mothers2mothers Report (October - December 2014)
By Dana Larkin - Development Officer
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.
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.
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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Sep 5, 2014
mothers2mothers Report (July - September 2014)
By Dana Larkin - Development Officer
Victoria Beckham Joins m2m to Eliminate Paediatric AIDS
mothers2mothers (m2m) was overwhelmed to find out that Victoria Beckham had chosen to sell more than 600 iconic pieces of her wardrobe to benefit m2m and our work in sub-Saharan Africa. The highly anticipated private online sale begins tomorrow on THE OUTNET.COM and has been generating media buzz for weeks. In order to participate, click here to register on THE OUTNET.COM by Wednesday, August 20th.
We had the pleasure of meeting Victoria in February when she visited our sites in Cape Town and spent time with some of the amazing Mentor Mothers we employ. “I was so touched by the people I met and how focused and empowered the Mentor Mothers were -- literally, I have never met such strong women in my entire life. The work they are doing is nothing short of absolutely remarkable,” she said.
A Mentor Mother Takes the Spotlight
m2m Mentor Mother and spokeswoman Irene Nkosi brought many people in the audience to tears at the recent Healthy Women & Children +SocialGood event in Johannesburg, sharing her story of how she overcame childhood abuse and an HIV diagnosis while pregnant, and is now a source of strength and inspiration to other mothers and her community. The two-hour, interactive event was live streamed around the world. Through social media engagement, the event reached an estimated 2.7 million globally.
m2m was represented at the 20th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014, last month in Melbourne, Australia, by staff from our South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda offices. They returned home inspired and enlightened, and we want to share some of their highlights.
Mothers of Innovation
m2m Mentor Mothers are featured in Geraldine Bedell’s Mothers of Innovation report that looks at “mother-innovators around the world, both commercial and social, and seeks to identify the skills and capabilities that connect them.” The report was launched at the Mothers of Innovation Conference that took place at Microsoft HQ in London on 19th June and included speakers from all over the world. Read the report.