Almost two million new clients enrolled. Virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV for the third year in a row. Direct employment for 1,600 HIV-positive women across seven African countries. These are just three of the highlights from mothers2mothers’ (m2m) work in 2016 that we are excited to share with you today as we unveil the results of our 2016 Annual Evaluation.
Each year—as part of our commitment to robust monitoring and evaluation—we measure our performance with an in-depth review of our country programmes. This year’s Annual Evaluation was conducted across seven countries and found that m2m continues to deliver significant impact.
As an organisation that began with a mission to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT), perhaps the most exciting finding for us is that we have helped to virtually eliminate MTCT for the third year in a row, with an average transmission rate of 1.6% among our enrolled clients. (UNAIDS considers a MTCT rate of 5% or below virtual elimination). In addition, MTCT rates among our clients are falling steadily – from 3.7% in 2014, to 2.1% in 2015, to 1.6% in 2016.
Today, m2m is not just about ending MTCT. We have innovated and built on our strengths to address HIV’s causes and effects, delivering family-centred support for a range of related health and social issues spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolesence. Our annual evaluation provides evidence of this—for example, m2m delivered services to almost 220,000 adolescent girls and young women in seven countries, while more than 14,000 children benefitted from our Early Childhood Development programmes in four countries.
The evaluation also highlighted the reach of m2m’s Mentor Mother Model. Through a mix of direct services and partnerships with other NGOs and governments, m2m and our partners provided services to 1.95 million new clients: women, infants, children, adolescents, and men. m2m reached 800,000 individuals directly, and 1.15m through partnerships.
Other key findings include:
· m2m successfully supported HIV-positive pregnant women to remain in care and stay on their antiretroviral therapy (ART)—which are two of the biggest globally-recognised challenges to eliminating paediatric AIDS.
· We created economic and social opportunity for our staff, employing around 1,600 HIV-positive women as Mentor Mothers and Site Coordinators in 2016 – an 18% increase on 2015. This helps us create professional opportunities and economic wellbeing for women who are often among society’s most marginalised.