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mothers2mothers

Through grant funding, Gilead supports mothers2mothers (m2m)—an African NGO delivering integrated primary health care services to women and families in sub-Saharan Africa—in dynamic ways, including funding m2m operations in Uganda and Zambia.
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Through grant funding, Gilead supports mothers2mothers (m2m)—an African NGO delivering integrated primary health care services to women and families in sub-Saharan Africa—in dynamic ways, including funding m2m operations in Uganda and Zambia.

m2m trains and employs women living with HIV as community health workers to provide care both within health facilities and door to door to improve the health of communities across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. These “Mentor Mothers” come from the same community as their clients, and so the starting point for service delivery is a shared understanding of health, social and cultural challenges. This approach has proven successful in helping increase access to care and retain people for the long-term.

While their primary role is to deliver HIV-related services and care, Mentor Mothers support health needs far beyond HIV, delivering other essential health services such as sexual and reproductive health and family planning, and addressing related health challenges such as tuberculosis, malaria and non-communicable diseases. In recent years, m2m has also thoughtfully combined innovative digital tools with in-person services, which has allowed m2m to reach significantly more clients, provide enhanced support, rapidly respond to client needs and identify areas for improved services.

Since 2001, m2m has created jobs for 12,000 women who, together, have reached 15 million people across sub-Saharan Africa. m2m has achieved virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV for eight consecutive years, and has helped to keep over two million women and children alive, who may otherwise have been at increased risk of mortality. Its community-centred, peer-led model has been recognised and celebrated by UNAIDS, UNICEF and others for its sustainable, people-centred approach. m2m also advises governments and other partners on best practices in people-centred, community-driven health solutions.

Geographic Reach
Disease Area
  • Infectious and Parasitic Disease
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SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  1. 3.3: Communicable diseases and NTDs
  2. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals 
Partner organizations
Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals

UNAIDS

Academia or research institute

George W. Bush Institute

Bilateral development organizations

US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)