20 February 2019
mothers2mothers (m2m) continues to work towards its goal of contributing to the elimination of paedatric AIDS, improving the health and wellbeing of women, children, and families, and enhancing the quality and capacity of Africa’s overburdened health systems. We do this by employing, training, and helping to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers . These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities and at understaffed health facilities to ensure that women, their families, and their communities get the health advice and medication they need, are linked to the right clinical services, and are supported on their treatment journey.
In 2016, m2m surpassed our EWEC goal of reaching 415,000 HIV-positive and negative pregnant women and new mothers with our services. Instead, we reached 424,722 HIV-positive and negative pregnant women and new mothers through services we delivered directly, and another 643,782 HIV-positive and negative pregnant women and new mothers through the technical assistance we provided the governments of South Africa and Kenya, which implemented our programme on provincial and national levels, respectively.
Other successes in 2016 that contributing to reaching our EWEC goal are reported in our 2016 annual programme evaluation and include: successfully supporting HIV-positive pregnant women to remain in care and adhere to their antiretroviral therapy (ART); ensuring that children not only survive, but also thrive, with early childhood development services integrated into our core Mentor Mother programme; and working to reduce HIV infections and deaths among adolescent girls and young women through our adolescent health initiative. 2016 data for for these goals include:
– 93% of m2m HIV-positive pregnant clients who started ART remained on treatment after three months
– 98% of m2m clients consistently take ART more than 80% of the time, which is sufficient to reduce a person’s viral load to an undetectable level
– More than 14,000 children benefitted from our ECD programmes
– Approximately 220,000 adolescent girl and young women were reached
In support of the Global Strategy (2016-2030), mothers2mothers commits $23,500,000 from Jan 2016 to Dec 2017 to implementing our proven Mentor Mother Model to eliminate pediatric AIDS and improve the health and wellbeing of women, children, and families. m2m will continue to enhance the quality and capacity of overburdened healthcare by unlocking the potential of women through education, employment, and support. m2m will look for opportunities to integrate our model to better serve children and adolescents; keeping mothers at the forefront, as a healthy generation starts with mothers.
m2m is committed to improving linkages between clinics and communities to promote early presentations, retention in care, and adherence to treatment. The program will reach 832,000 pregnant women (HIV positive and negative) assuming 300 middle to high volume operational sites for 2016 and 2017 as the basis for calculating total client numbers enrolled in the program.
mothers2mothers (m2m) has made significant progress towards meeting our Every Woman Every Child commitment. In 2016, m2m expanded into its seventh country, Zambia, implementing our Mentor Mother Model in urban facilities and through mobile primary care support units serving peri-urban and rural health facilities. m2m has launched its integrated Early Childhood Development program in Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa, with plans to expand in other countries in line with national priorities. m2m’s ECD program supports children and their caregivers to achieve improved maternal and pediatric health and development outcomes. m2m has also integrated a pediatric case finding component in its Malawi RMMCH program throughout the country, to improve identification of HIV-infected children, increase readiness for pediatric provider-initiated counseling and testing, and ensure children are linked, initiated, retained, and adherent to HIV care. In the past 15 years, m2m has reached 1.5 million HIV-positive women and plans to reach 1.5 million more in the next three years.
As its commitment to the Every Woman Every Child effort, mothers2mothers will strive to double the percentage of HIV+ pregnant women we serve by 2015, growing our reach from 20% to 40% of the global population of pregnant women living with HIV.