Earlier this month, mothers2mothers (m2m) was delighted to welcome UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore to the Soshanguve Community Health Centre in Pretoria, South Africa to visit m2m programmes. As a UNICEF-supported organisation, we were excited to be given the opportunity to share with Ms. Fore just how powerful the partnership between UNICEF and m2m is, and the incredible work that m2m Mentor Mothers are doing on a daily basis with adolescents and young mothers.
With the importance of breastfeeding at the forefront of the visit, Ms. Fore was joined by the UNICEF South Africa Representative Mr. Hervé Ludovic de Lys, m2m CEO & President Frank Beadle de Palomo, m2m South Africa’s Country Director Shungu Gwarinda along with other notable UNICEF delegates and attended a youth support group of young mothers. Approximately 60% of HIV infections among children occur during breastfeeding* and support groups facilitated by m2m Mentor Mothers play a vital role in providing education and support to help HIV-positive mothers understand exactly how these numbers can be prevented.
Through encouraging a platform for mothers to connect, educate and support one another through the journey of breastfeeding, m2m Mentor Mothers are working towards UNICEF’s global campaign to keep #EveryChildALIVE. Thank you Ms. Fore for emphasising the importance of investing in quality, accessible healthcare for mothers and babies!
Take the journey with Ms. Fore through Soshanguve Community Health Centre here: