Each day 400 babies are infected with HIV around the world. About three-quarters of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. Most acquire HIV from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Working to eliminate the stigma of HIV infection, mothers2mothers trains mothers living with HIV to become mentors in their communities. These “Mentor Mothers” educate other women on protecting themselves and their babies from HIV.
In one-on-one and group sessions, Mentor Mothers provide essential education to women, like techniques to protect their babies from HIV infection and keep themselves healthy.
According to a 2014 evaluation, clients of the Mentor Mothers program saw dramatically decreased rates of HIV transmission to babies compared to national averages. In Kenya, the percentage of babies of m2m clients who tested positive for HIV 18 months after birth was three times lower than the national average. m2m saw similar results in Uganda and South Africa.
The program empowers Mentor Mothers by making them professionals. Mentor Mothers become role models and reduce the stigma surrounding living with HIV.