Cape Town, South Africa – September 20, 2012– mothers2mothers (m2m) announced today that Frank Beadle de Palomo has been selected by its Board of Directors to serve as Chief Executive Officer.Â Beadle will lead m2m’s mission to eliminate transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and sustain the health of women and children with its simple and effective Mentor Mother model.
“Every mother living with HIV should have access to the support and care she needs to defend her health and protect her baby from HIV infection,” added Robin Smalley, co-founder and International Director of mothers2mothers.Â “Frank Beadle shares our vision for healthy mothers and children and he will be an exceptional champion for the women we serve.”
Beadle is an accomplished and innovative public health leader with more than 26 years of experience in the global health community that include significant achievements in HIV prevention, as well as domestic and global care and research advocacy programs.Â He joins m2m after serving as Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health, Population and Nutrition Group at FHI 360, a nonprofit organization working to solve critical social problems through integrated, locally driven solutions. Beadle previously worked for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) – which was acquired by FHI in 2011 – where he led its Center on AIDS and Community Health and Social Change Group as Senior Vice President and Director.
Earlier in his career, Beadle directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion and coordinated the Hispanic Health Liaison Project.Â He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University in biology and anthropology and has professional experience in more than 25 countries.
Beadle’s predecessor, Gene Falk, served as m2m’s CEO for seven years, expanding m2m’s model to 1,600 sites and employing more than 1,500 HIV-positive mothers during his tenure.
“We are fortunate to have highly-effective leaders who have helped m2m reach more than one million women in nine countries,” said Andrew Stern, Chair of the Board of Directors of m2m.Â “Frank will continue a tradition of excellence that has made m2m a proven leader in the global effort to eliminate new HIV infections among children and protect the health of mothers.”
Beadle’s expertise will help m2m strengthen and expand its innovative model of care.Â m2m pairs an HIV-positive woman who is pregnant with a Mentor Mother.Â Mentor Mothers are mothers living with HIV who are trained and employed to guide and support other women as they navigate pregnancy, childbirth and rearing.Â The women Mentor Mothers serve are more likely to disclose their HIV status, to pursue HIV treatment and testing, and to deliver their babies in health care facilities than mothers who do not have a Mentor Mother.
Because of their expertise and employment, Mentor Mothers are respected role models in their community, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination. Â Mentor Mothers also alleviate over-burdened health centers.Â
The United Nations’ Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alivehighlights the Mentor Mother model as an effective concept for under-resourced health systems. Â
“As Mentor Mothers we see ourselves as a caring army that is key to the battle against mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Nozi Samela, a Mentor Mother in Cape Town, South Africa.Â “For years we have been recognized as champions in the fight against with HIV.Â To win we need a leader who does not fear an opposition that seems invincible.Â We need a leader who believes that the goal is within reach, and that is what our new CEO will be to us all.”
Beadle will join m2m on October 1, 2012 and he will be based at the organization’s Cape Town headquarters.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is eliminating transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and sustaining the health of women and children with its proven Mentor Mother model.Â Since its inception, m2m has reached more than one million mothers in nine countries.Â Founded in Cape Town in 2001, m2m is a partner in the United Nations’ Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive.Â Follow mothers2mothers @m2mtweets.
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