Retaining mothers living with HIV and their infants in care, especially through the critical breastfeeding period, is essential if we are to achieve the Global Goal of ending AIDS by 2030. That’s why we are particularly excited to share the results of a new, peer-reviewed article in the journal PLOS.ONE, examining the impact of m2m’s Mentor Mother Model on retention in care of mother-baby pairs in East Central Region of Uganda.
The article found that m2m’s work had a significantly positive impact on retention in care for mother-baby pairs across all measured time points. In fact, 18 months after birth, almost three in four (71.2%) of m2m clients were still in care, compared to just one in five (20.6%) in health facilities not supported by m2m.
The article was co-authored by researchers at the School of Public Health and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and technical experts from mothers2mothers.
Through a secondary analysis of data generated by a quasi-experimental design, the authors compared outcomes between two groups of mother-baby pairs—1,161 who were enrolled into m2m’s Mentor Mother programme, and 1,143 who received standard PMTCT services without the Mentor Mother intervention.
We are delighted with this further empirical validation of our model, and we will use this article as an additional piece of evidence with policymakers and funders as we continue to expand our work across the African continent.