Our Impact in Ghana
Faustina Ocansey— Mentor Mother Team Lead Ashaiman Community, Ghana
Faustina’s story is one of strength and determination overcoming adversity. She found out she was living with HIV after both her husband and her six-month-old baby tested positive for both tuberculosis and HIV. At the time, HIV treatment was not readily available in Ghana, and both passed away as they could not access the treatment they desperately needed. Left to care for her five surviving children on her own, Faustina faced many challenges—including stigma and discrimination in her community. Determined to help others in a similar position, Faustina spent close to a decade volunteering at a community hospital, where she helped people who were newly diagnosed with HIV to accept their status and find hope for their future. When mothers2mothers opened in Ghana in 2019, Faustina was employed as a Team Lead and Mentor Mother—finally earning a salary and recognition for the work she had been doing for years. In her role, she provides vital health education and services to pregnant and breastfeeding women and adolescents. With her team, she also provides integrated early childhood development services designed to support the critical period of a child’s development. As a paid community health worker, Faustina says she can better support her own family, while being a beacon of hope and healthy living in her community.