Jan 16, 2014

mothers2mothers Report (October-December 2013)

Stars Come Out for m2m in London
mothers2mothers 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 Pudding
Every 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 Go
There 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!

Oct 7, 2013

mothers2mothers Report (July-September 2013)

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.

Jul 8, 2013

mothers2mothers Report (April-June 2013)

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.

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