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Jan 22, 2013

mothers2mothers Report (October-December 2012)

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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Oct 30, 2012

mothers2mothers Report (July-September 2012)

It’s been a busy three months at mothers2mothers with a change in leadership, global health activities tied to the opening of the UN General Assembly and the International AIDS Conference in DC.  Following are some of the highlights:

m2m welcomed a new CEO:  On October 1st, mothers2mothers welcomed Frank Beadle de Palomo as our new Chief Executive Officer.  Frank is an accomplished and innovative public health leader with more than 26 years of experience in the global health community that include significant achievements in HIV prevention, as well as domestic and global care, research and advocacy programs.   He shares mothers2mothers’ vision for healthy mothers and children and we know he will be an exceptional champion for the women we serve.  Read more information on Frank and his background here.

m2m participated in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) global health week:  While world leaders gathered at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in September, Johnson & Johnson co-hosted a luncheon on the increasingly critical role that frontline healthcare workers are playing in the overburdened health systems of the world’s poorest countries. As our Co-Founder and International Director Robin Smalley said at the luncheon, mothers2mothers is training and employing what we think is the ultimate frontline healthcare worker… mothers.

In a blog on the Huffington Post, coinciding with the opening of the UNGA, Robin wrote about how our Mentor Mothers, who themselves are living with HIV, are at the heart of our efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS by providing lifesaving information and support to HIV positive pregnant women to have healthy babies and stay healthy to raise them. Read Robin’s blog here.

m2m joins with EGPAF in support of WHO’s Option B+:  During the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC at the end of July, m2m teamed up with the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Option B+.  WHO recently encouraged countries to consider accelerating the adoption of one of two options for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) that both include added benefits for and emphasis on the health of mothers. Option B includes the use of triple-drug therapy for the mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and Option B+ continues that drug regimen for the mother’s lifetime.

There is growing consensus that Option B+ represents an evolving best standard for protecting both mother and child from the effects of HIV. m2m announced it will support country efforts to implement Option B+ by using our simple and effective Mentor Mother model to promote enrollment and retention in care. Because m2m’s Mentor Mothers provide additional human resources – educating and supporting mothers as they learn to understand, accept, and adhere to lifelong treatment regimens – we can further ease the pressure this new protocol might cause already strained health systems. m2m is prepared to use its trusted presence in communities to ensure that all women, especially those not currently accessing care, are able to benefit from Option B+.   Read the full statement here.

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Aug 1, 2012

mothers2mothers Report (April-June 2012)

This quarter instead of using this space for an update, mothers2mothers would like to share our newly adopted “Mamafesto.” With the help of powerful words from a Mentor Mother we have been able to articulate the urgency of our message and the vital role mothers play in achieving the virtual elimination of pediatric HIV by 2015.

Now is your time to… be a part of history, change the outcome, invest in the future. Join Us.

We also encourage you to check out our website for latest news and updates as they occur!

m2m Mamafesto

 

We believe that mothers are the answer.

Mothers are the key to the end of pediatric AIDS.

A healthy mother, an informed mother, … is a game-changer.

A global force for good.

 

We know how to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to babies.

We’ve been doing it since 2001.

We know how to keep mother’s healthy, independent … alive.

We are mothers2mothers.

 

More than 1,000 babies are born with HIV

… every day in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

It’s irresponsible.  It’s outrageous.

It’s unnecessary, it’s preventable.

It has to stop now.

 

We believe that big, modern problems can have time-honored solutions.

We and those before us have proven the power of one woman sitting with another.

The promise offered by the compassion of shared experience.

The action that follows information.

The hope offered by opportunity.

 

mothers2mothers is

The solution out of trouble

The way in a forest

The light during darkness

The mirror among mirrors

The success of all people

 

We employ HIV-positive mothers. 

We rely on them to counsel and inspire other mothers.

We call them Mentor Mothers.

 

Mentor Mothers bolster health systems.

Mentor Mothers vanquish stigma.

Mentor Mothers are role models.

Mentor Mothers have economic independence.

Mentor Mothers stop the spread of HIV.

 

You made me a person among people

A star among stars

A heroine among heroines

A mother among mothers

A hard worker and a successful mother

 

We harness hope for a better future …

One in which no baby is born with HIV.

We believe every mother has a dream for her child.

And that she has the right to live … to see it through.

 

Because mothers care and you care

Mothers love and you love

Mothers are rivers of life

And you are the river of life

Mothers give knowledge to their children

And you give knowledge

 

The time is now.  The world is watching.

We have the medicine.  The proven method.
A Global Plan.

The world has made extraordinary gains against AIDS,

Reducing the number of babies who acquire it …

and protecting and promoting the health of their HIV-positive mothers.

But there is more to do.

 

We can end pediatric to AIDS.

We can defend healthy motherhood.

We must do it now. 

 

Be part of history, change the outcome, invest in the future.  

We are mothers2mothers

Join us.

 

*contributions in italics written by a mothers2mothers Mentor Mother

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