Our Impact in Malawi
Virtual elimination of mother-to- child transmission of HIV among m2m’s enrolled clients, according to UNAIDS guidelines:
of HIV-positive women enrolled at m2m were initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for life.
of HIV-exposed infants of enrolled m2m clients were given ART to protect them from infection.
of these HIV-exposed infants were tested for HIV at 6-8 weeks.
6 – Our MTCT rate is comparable to the UNAIDS MTCT Indicator, as outlined in their guidelines available here: https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/2017-Global-AIDS-Monitoring_en.pdf. National benchmark is based on the latest available UNAIDS data, published here: https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/20190722_UNAIDS_SFSFAF_2019_en.pdf
Femia Mangani, a Community Mentor Mother in Bvumbwe, Malawi, was three months pregnant when she tested HIV-positive—she wasn’t even 20 years old.
When I was three months pregnant, I was visited by an m2m Mentor Mother. I told her I had not started antenatal care yet and she explained to me the benefits of going for an HIV test. I tested HIV-positive. I accepted my status with difficulties. The Mentor Mother explained some things to me and I started to feel free. I tested my son Blessings when he was six weeks old and he tested HIV-negative. Now he is just learning to stand. I applied for this job as a Mentor Mother because of what I went through. I tested positive before I was 20 years old so I saw that a lot of young people are going astray because they don’t have any guidance. Through my work, I help people in my community access the medical care they need, including adolescent girls and young mothers, HIV-positive and -exposed children, and other members of a family. Everything in my life has changed. My health has improved, even the way I think has changed. I see my future to be bright.