mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO working in sub-Saharan Africa engaging government, facility staff, and communities to unlock the potential of mothers and their families through scalable, high-impact interventions.
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of m2m. To celebrate this important milestone and the 1.4 million HIV-positive women reached through our programme, m2m is hosting a Cycle to Zero Challenge Event in Malawi. Founded in Cape Town in 2001, m2m’s programme in Malawi was established in 2008 and now works in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) across 94 facilities to end transmission of HIV and support the care and treatment of families affected by the virus. The Cycle to Zero Challenge Event is a journey to raise awareness on elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, visiting m2m’s work on the ground and getting to know the players who are working each day to make zero transmission a reality.
According to UNAIDS*, an estimated 1,100,000 Malawians are living with HIV, 130,000 of these are children aged 0-14. In addition, 10% of the population between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV, the majority being women. Malawi was specially chosen in 2011 as the country that launched Option B+, a bold strategy which put all HIV positive pregnant women on treatment, reducing paediatric HIV.
In addition to working in high volume facilities, m2m is also reaching out into communities through the Community Mentor Mother programme. This programme provides a bridge between communities and the formal health care sector. m2m Community Mentor Mothers make use of their bicycles as an essential part of their work in reaching women and families.
WHEN: Saturday, 28 May to Thursday, 2 June 2016.
WHERE: The Cycle Rally will begin in Blantyre – Luchenza – Zomba – Nkopola – Cape Maclear.
- Cycle Day 1 – Sunday, 29 May- Bvumbwe to Luchenza
- Cycle Day 2 – Monday, 30 May – Limbe to Zomba
- Cycle Day 3 – Tuesday, 31 May – Zomba to Nkopola
- Cycle Day 4 – Wednesday, 1 June – Nkopola to Cape Maclear
In each location the cyclists will visit the MoH and m2m sites to learn more of the challenges in Malawi and the successes that have been made in HIV and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health (RMNCH).
WHO: 40 supporters of m2m from all over the world will join the rally team. This team of cyclists will be supported by the m2m U.K. office, African Bikers, The Responsible Safari Company, and Ulendo Travel.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO leading global efforts to end paediatric AIDS and create healthy families and communities by training, employing, and empowering HIV-positive mothers as frontline healthcare workers. Since its founding in 2001, m2m has reached more than 1.4 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa with its scalable, high-impact peer approach.
CONTACT: Press Agent, Kimpho Hastings Loka Phone: +265993589311. +265212930799 Email: [email protected]
*UNAIDS: HIV and AIDS estimates (2014)