Today in Accra, more than 100 guests joined us to celebrate the official launch of mothers2mothers (m2m) in Ghana. This exciting development has been made possible thanks to funding support from British Airways and Comic Relief through their “Flying Start” initiative. Speakers included Dr. Ernest Konadu Asiedu (Head, National Quality Management Unit, Ministry of Health, Ghana), Dr. Patrick Aboagye (Acting Director General, Ghana Health Service), Alex Cruz (Chairman and CEO, British Airways), Ruth Davison (Interim CEO, Comic Relief), and Frank Beadle de Palomo (m2m President and CEO).
“We are delighted that Ghana has become the first West African member of the m2m family, and the ninth country in which we are working,” Frank Beadle de Palomo, m2m’s President and CEO, told the assembled guests, who represented a cross-section of civil society, government, and business.
Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and CEO, added: “As a global airline, we bring people together every day and we are committed to having a positive impact in the communities to which we fly. Our support to m2m, through our Flying Start partnership with Comic Relief, is a shining example of what can be achieved in Ghana and the other African countries where it operates. mothers2mothers truly is an African success story and we are very proud to support it.”
In Ghana, our services have a particular focus on Early Childhood Development (ECD). Twelve local women living with HIV have been trained and are employed by m2m as Mentor Mothers. Working from two health facilities and in surrounding communities in Ashaiman and Atua, these frontline health workers have recently begun to deliver vital health services, education and psychosocial support to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative women and their families. Over 11,000 women and children under three are expected to benefit in the next two years.