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Mentor Mother Model

The magic of our model is that it is peer-based: services are delivered by people from the same community as those they serve—meaning they are rooted in shared realities and experiences.

mothers2mothers (m2m) employs and trains local women living with HIV as community health workers called Mentor Mothers. They support women, children, and adolescents—our three core client groups—with vital medical services, education, and support.

Mentor Mothers link health centres and their surrounding communities. Community Mentor Mothers (CMMs) go door-to-door in the catchment areas served by the nearest health centre, and educate and engage with women and families who have not received medical care or who have stopped treatment. In addition to providing direct services, they link clients to Mentor Mothers who work alongside doctors and nurses at nearby health centres and support clients to access the services they need. Our digital tools allow us to deliver the best possible services, while ensuring accurate tracking, follow up, and reporting.

Services for our Core Client Groups:

m2m unlocks the potential of women to create healthy families. We train and employ local women living with HIV as Mentor Mothers—frontline health workers who educate and support women and their families to access healthcare, start any treatment they need, and stay in care.

Services include:

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Mentor Mothers support women living with HIV to start and adhere to treatment through pregnancy and breastfeeding, and then transitions them to programmes that will help them stay on treatment for life. m2m also educates and supports HIV-negative women to prevent new infections, and we are expanding our services to include HIV testing and drug dispensing.

Household Economic Strengthening

m2m is improving the financial wellbeing and food security of women and families by providing services to strengthen financial literacy and create opportunities for income-generating activities, including Village Savings and Loans Associations. In addition, m2m employs and pays women living with HIV as Peer Mentors, which has a direct economic impact on communities.

Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH)

m2m provides services and referrals to HIV-positive and negative pregnant women to ensure a healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care. We also educate, support, and refer all of the women we serve to access essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health and family planning, HIV testing, and screening for malaria and tuberculosis.

Our Impact

0.12%

of women who were HIV-negative at enrollment into the m2m programme acquired HIV—30 times lower than the 2014 pan-African benchmark of 3.6%.

94%

of m2m’s relevant enrolled client delivered their babies attended by a skilled heath personnel, compared to 59% on average in sub-Saharan Africa. This reduces the risk of maternal and infant death.

> 1,500

women living with HIV were employed directly by m2m as Community Health Workers in 2018, creating economic wellbeing for women who are often marginalised.

m2m is committed to ensuring that every child thrives, not just survives, by integrating services to protect and improve the health and development of infants and children, age 0-9, into our core programme.

Services include:

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Mentor Mothers help to promote an environment of nurturing care for the youngest children by providing advice and support to their parents and caregivers on early learning stimulation, responsive and playful parenting, health, nutrition, safety, and protection. They also identify young children with disabilities and advocate for their care.

Paediatric Care and Support

m2m is tackling unacceptably low rates of testing and treatment among HIV-exposed children. We work in health centres and communities to identify all at risk children, and provide support to them and their families to test for HIV, and ensure they are linked, initiated, and retained in care if they test positive.

Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Mentor Mothers provide dedicated OVC services, including sexual reproductive health services, incorporating HIV prevention, care, and support. We also promote education enrollment and support households to become stronger economically.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child health (RMNCH)

m2m leverages our strong relationships with families to improve children’s health, becoming a trusted advisor and linking families to health centres for services to prevent and treat childhood illnesses. This includes nutrition education and programmes designed to enhance access to immunisations.

Our Impact

1.3%

– the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among m2m enrolled clients. This is well below the benchmark of 5% that the UN defines as “virtual elimination.”

30,775

– the number children and caregivers who benefitted from our integrated ECD services in 2018.

97%

of children in our ECD programmes in 2017 met all their developmental milestones at one year of age.

With almost 1,000 new infections each week, adolescent girls and young women are the new frontline of the battle against HIV. m2m is working to create health and wellbeing for adolescent girls and boys, and young women and young men—with a particular focus on reducing HIV infections and related illnesses.

Services include:

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

m2m Peer Mentors support pregnant and postnatal adolescent girls and young women living with HIV to ensure healthy pregnancies and prevent mother-to- child transmission of HIV.

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services

Through proven peer-led, age-appropriate SRH education and services, m2m promotes HIV testing and supports adolescents and young adults to prevent new HIV infections and avoid unplanned pregnancies.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (OVCA)

m2m’s proven Peer Mentor model and innovative approaches contribute to improving the well-being of OVCAs by supporting them to access healthcare services, start on antiretroviral treatment, and remain in care. m2m also strengthens the capacity of families and communities to care for these young people.

Our Impact

0.18%

of HIV-negative adolescent girls and young women (aged 10-24) enrolled in our programme between 2016-2018 contracted HIV.

100%

of the adolescent girls and young women living with HIV (aged 10-24) we served in 2018 took their treatment over 80% of the time, making them more likely to be healthy and virally suppressed.

289,500

adolescents and young adults (aged 10-24) were enrolled in m2m’s programme in 2018, an 18% rise over the previous year.

Services for our Core Client Groups:

m2m unlocks the potential of women to create healthy families. We train and employ local, HIV-positive women as Mentor Mothers—frontline health workers who educate and support women and their families to access healthcare, start any treatment they need, and stay in care.

Services include:

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Mentor Mothers support HIV-positive women to start and adhere to treatment through pregnancy and breastfeeding and until their children have their final 18-24 month HIV test. m2m also educates and supports HIV-negative women to prevent new infections, and we are expanding our services to include HIV testing and drug dispensing.

Household Economic Strengthening

m2m is improving the financial wellbeing and food security of women and families by developing and delivering our own programmes to strengthen the economic health of households, or referring and linking clients with existing services. This includes the HIV-positive women m2m employs and pays as Peer Mentors.

Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH)

m2m provides services and referrals to HIV-positive and negative pregnant women to ensure a healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care. We also educate, support, and refer all of the women we serve to access essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health and family planning, HIV testing, and screening for malaria and tuberculosis.

Our Impact

0.12%

of women who were HIV-negative at enrollment into the m2m programme acquired HIV – 50 times lower than the 2014 pan-African benchmark of 3.6%.

94%

of m2m’s relevant enrolled client delivered their babies attended by a skilled heath personnel, compared to 59% on average in sub-Saharan Africa. This reduces the risk of maternal and infant death.

> 1,500

women living with HIV were employed directly by m2m as Community Health Workers in 2018, creating economic wellbeing for women who are often marginalised.

m2m is committed to ensuring that every child thrives, not just survives, by integrating services to protect and improve the health and development of infants and children, age 0-9, into our core programme.

Services include:

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Mentor Mothers help to create an environment where children can thrive by providing tailored ECD advice to their parents on childhood stimulation, promoting education enrollment, and supporting households to become stronger economically. Mentor Mothers also play a vital role in checking developmental progress, and providing extra support or specialist referrals if children are falling behind.

Paediatric Care and Support

m2m is tackling unacceptably low rates of testing and treatment among HIV-exposed children. We work in health centres and communities to identify all at risk children, and provide support to them and their families to test for HIV, and ensure they are linked, initiated, and retained in care if they test positive.

Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Mentor Mothers provide dedicated OVC services, including health services, promoting education enrollment and supporting households to become stronger economically.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child health (RMNCH)

m2m leverages our strong relationships with families to improve children’s overall health, becoming a trusted advisor and linking families to health centres for services to prevent and threat childhood illnesses. This includes nutrition education and programmes designed to enhance access to immunisations.

Our Impact

1.3%

the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among m2m enrolled clients. This is well below the benchmark of 5% that the UN defines as “virtual elimination.”

30,775

the number children and caregivers who benefitted from our integrated ECD services in 2018.

97%

of children in our ECD programmes in 2017 met all their developmental milestones at one year of age.

With almost 1,000 new infections each week, adolescent girls and young women are the new frontline of the battle against HIV. m2m is working to create health and wellbeing for adolescent girls and boys, and young women and young men—with a particular focus on reducing HIV infections and related illnesses.

Services include:

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

m2m Peer Mentors support HIV-positive pregnant and postnatal adolescent girls and young women to ensure healthy pregnancies and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services

Through proven peer-led, age-appropriate SRH education and services, m2m supports adolescent girls and boys and young adults to prevent new HIV infections, promote HIV testing, and avoid unplanned pregnancies.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (OVCA)

m2m’s proven peer mentor model and innovative approaches contribute to improving the well-being of OVCAs by supporting them to access healthcare service, start on antiretroviral treatment, and remain in care. m2m also strengthens the capacity of families and communities to care for these young people.

Our Impact

0.18%

of m2m’s clients, age 10-24, were initiated on antiretroviral therapy for life, compared to 88% in 2016.

100%

of our HIV-positive clients, age 10-24, took their treamtnet over 80% of the time in 2017, making them more likely to be health and virally suppressed.

289,500

the number of adolescents and young adults (aged 10-24) enrolled in m2m in 2018, an 18% rise over the previous year.

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