Employing 96 mums to help break the cycle of paediatric AIDS in Malawi

Dec 2016


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We’re investing our December pot into mothers2mothers ‘Mentor Mothers’ program to help put an end to the transmission of HIV from mother to child. mothers2mothers is an Africa-based, global not-for-profit organisation that trains, and employs local HIV-positive mothers as frontline healthcare workers based in understaffed health clinics and communities. Thanks to the work these amazing women do, mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been virtually eliminated among mothers2mothers’ clients. The £4,759.84 we raised will fund 96 Mentor Mothers for one month in 28 clinics across Malawi, enabling them to reach 329 newly diagnosed HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

While tremendous progress has been made over the last decade to eliminate paediatric AIDS, nearly 400 children contract HIV each day in sub-Saharan Africa. mothers2mothers trains and employs local mothers living with HIV as Mentor Mothers, frontline healthcare workers based in understaffed health clinics and within communities. Their intimate understanding of the social and cultural challenges facing women living with HIV and HIV-negative women who are their peers makes them uniquely effective in providing education and support on HIV and other critical health issues. Since its founding in 2001, mothers2mothers has become a leader in global efforts to end paediatric AIDS, reaching over 11 million women and children under two in sub-Saharan Africa and creating over 10,000 jobs for women living with HIV. mothers2mothers’ Mentor Mother Model has been proven to reduce mother-to-child transmission rates, while also creating significant savings through averted HIV treatment costs.

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