mothers2mothers (m2m) just released the highlights of our 2015 annual evaluation and we wanted to share them with you to give you a sense of the impact your donations have had. In 2015, m2m virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV among its clients for the second year in a row, according to UN Global Plan guidelines. m2m also significantly improved uptake of Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV, a critical area of global underperformance. Mothers with two or more m2m visits are over seven times more likely to test their babies for HIV at six weeks in the six countries where m2m operated in 2015, compared to women with just one visit. m2m clients are also more likely to test for HIV compared to national testing rates. Furthermore, the m2m model has been seen to be effective in addressing other health challenges, including reproductive health and family planning, nutrition, and TB and malaria screening, and has been shown to save significant money in averted HIV treatment costs.
“Ending paediatric AIDS is within our reach,” says Frank Beadle de Palomo, President & Chief Executive Officer of m2m. “Our model at mothers2mothers has been proven to prevent future generations from being born with HIV.”
Recent years have seen a significant expansion of m2m’s reach, with the organisation serving more than one-in-four HIV-positive pregnant women across South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Uganda. In 2015, m2m reached an estimated 860,500 women, infants, children, adolescent girls and young women, and men.
“I congratulate mothers2mothers for their outstanding results. mothers2mothers is an example of community engagement at its best. The mothers2mothers social and entrepreneurial business model empowers women living with HIV by helping them have HIV-free children while at the same time helping other mothers,” applauds UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe.
m2m's facility-to-community platform trains, employs, and empowers local mothers living with HIV as frontline healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and communities. These Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and support to other HIV-positive women in one-on-one and group sessions, enabling women to protect their babies from HIV and keep their families healthy. With the help of generous donors like you, we can be the generation to end paediatric AIDS!