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Mozambique

Date Started:

2017*

Locations (incl. clinics and nearby communities):

64

New Clients Enrolled (2018):

33,987*

 

Mentor Mothers (2018):

297

Our work in Mozambique

mothers2mothers (m2m) launched operations in Mozambique in January 2018, supporting the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Mozambique’s Ministry of Health (MISAU) to accelerate progress towards eliminating paediatric AIDS. As part of the national strategy to combat HIV, Mozambique has operated Maes para Maes (MpM), a community support programme for HIV-positive mothers which contains elements of m2m’s Mentor Mother Model, since 2010. Working closely with MISAU, m2m is helping to realise the goals of this strategy through a mix of direct service delivery and technical assistance services.

 

m2m delivers prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) support services in 36 high-volume health facilities across five provinces—Cabo Delgado, Maputo, Nampula, Sofala, and Zambezia. m2m also provides technical assistance to MISAU and other partners to improve the MpM curriculum, training, tools, structures, policies, and implementation, and integrate the Mentor Mother Model into provincial health systems, as well as supports the development of a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system.

Helga Gwambe, National PMTCT Focal Point, Ministry of Health, Mozambique

Our Reach in Mozambique

Clients enrolled since January 2018 include:

18,704

HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women

10,722

HIV-exposed infants

*Our reach in Mozambique includes m2m direct service delivery and services provided by implementing partners

Success Story

Antonia Bobo, a 21-year-old single mother, an orphan from the Sofala Province, was devastated when she tested HIV-positive in 2016 when she was two months pregnant.

I soon started treatment and my son’s first test results came back negative. Sadly, I got very sick after childbirth and I had many sores on my breasts, but my aunt encouraged me to continue breastfeeding because she thought it was best for my baby. My child started losing weight. I got very worried and took him back to the clinic for a follow- up test. The results this time came back positive. I was heartbroken once more. My son also had to be started on antiretrovirals (ARVs); we now take treatment together and are healthy.

I am now working as a Mentor Mother. At m2m, I learned that if a woman has any doubts or concerns, like sores on her breasts, she should immediately go to the health centre and ask for medical advice and support. m2m is important to us in Mozambique because it empowers and encourages a woman like me, who has faced many financial difficulties as an orphan, to have an opportunity to save many lives and help positive mothers have healthy babies. I can now support my son financially. I feel like I have a second chance at life and I am ready for any challenge.

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