Our Impact in Lesotho
Makeletso Khomonngoe, HIV Testing Services Mentor, Lesotho
In Lesotho, pregnant women must travel far to get to the nearest health clinic, and many choose to delay their first visit to save money. I was one of these women.
I was just 18 years old when I fell pregnant with my first child. I didn’t know how important it was to go for regular check-ups, so I waited until I was six months along. A routine HIV test came back positive and I felt like I had completely ruined my life. With support from my family and by following my treatment plan, I gave birth to a beautiful son, who was HIV-free.
I work for mothers2mothers as an HIV Testing Mentor Mother. I found out about the organisation from my local clinic when I took my son for his final HIV test when he was 18 months old. They were recruiting women living with HIV to be community health workers called Mentor Mothers.
In my role, I work alongside Nurses employed by m2m to offer HIV testing and counselling services in communities. We also provide other health services such as family planning, vaccinations, and education on antiretroviral treatments. Together, we bring health services to the community, from the people who know them best. These are the type of solutions we need to achieve health for all—and I am proud to play my part.