Mothers2mothers offers an innovative and scalable solution to the challenge of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, keeping HIV-positive mothers alive and healthy to care for their children, and promoting HIV-free survival of their infants.
Focus: Health, AIDS/HIV, Children and Youth, Maternal and Infant Health
Geographic Area of Impact: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania
Model: Leveraged Non-Profit
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 300,000 (2010)
Annual Budget: US$ 19.1 million (2010)
Percentage Earned Revenue: 0%
The Social Problem
In the past two and a half decades, 25 million people died from HIV/AIDS. Currently, 33 million people live with HIV and +2 million people are newly infected each year. Of these, 1.5 million pregnant women with HIV give birth annually, 90% of which live in sub-Saharan Africa. Statistically 40% are at risk of transmitting the infection to their babies, whereas in Europe and resource-rich countries, only 1% of mothers with HIV infect their babies. In a single year in just one South African clinic more babies are born with HIV than in the United States, Canada and Europe combined. Campaigns to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV are the only primary prevention efforts proven effective in the fight against HIV. Antenatal care is a unique opportunity for women to access HIV care and an array of services that contribute to the well-being of a mother, her baby and family.
Innovation and Activities
Mothers2mothers was created to meet the needs of HIV-positive pregnant women seeking aid from healthcare facilities that provide prenatal care and prevention services to mothers and their children. The organization trains and employs new mothers with HIV to provide education and support to their peers, empowering them to access lifesaving treatment for their babies and themselves.
Mothers2mothers identifies new HIV-positive mothers, engages them in a rigorous formal training programme, and returns them to clinics and maternity wards as paid Mentor Mothers. As mentors, they educate new mothers, supporting them daily as they confront decisions that mean the difference between illness and health. They also work alongside doctors and nurses, filling in service gaps by addressing the special needs of their HIV-positive clients.
In just nine years, mothers2mothers has grown from a small grassroots organization to a multinational operation in eight countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It operates in nearly 700 locations, and employs over 1,700 HIV-positive mothers who annually serve more than 300,000 HIV-positive pregnant women, new mothers and their children.
Frank has over 26 years experience in the global health community that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, domestic and global care, research, and advocacy. Before joining m2m as CEO in 2012, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group at FHI 360. Previously, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where he re-established the organisation as a leader in global AIDS programmes. He also created and directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion in the U.S.
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