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.
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