As indicated by UNAIDS, in excess of 25 million people live with HIV in East and Southern Africa. Out of this, 63% of all new HIV contaminations in 2020 are women and girls.
In spite of everything, HIV/AIDS remains a huge issue across these locales (East and Southern Africa), aside from bearing the outcomes of the pandemic, and African women are not forgotten about.
Considering this, a worldwide non-profit organization mothers2mothers (m2m) stepped in.
Established in 2001, the organization opens the power of women to dispense with pediatric AIDS and make solid, flourishing families and communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
m2m uses almost 1,900 women living with HIV, known as Mentor Mothers, across ten African nations to function as cutting edge health laborers, conveying health services, education, and backing to women and their families at health facilities in local communities.
Two years ago, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE launched a three-year partnership with m2m to help the dauntless, women living with HIV in Ghana who are conveying basic services to curb HIV/AIDS among young women and girls, battle the stigma and guarantee that all families flourish, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This partnership builds on years of collaboration between m2m and Gucci, including CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder Salma Hayek Pinault serving as a Global Patron of m2m.
The innovative and successful m2m Mentor Mother model is aimed at employing local women living with HIV to serve as mentors and resources to other women and families in their communities.
Mentor Mothers educate other mothers on their health, their babies’ health, and on holistic development in early childhood, linking them to relevant healthcare and other services, and routine follow up, to ensure that they are retained in care.
Through its embedded community efforts that provide peer education and psychosocial support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV, the Mentor Mothers model has proven effective in helping women access medical interventions that significantly reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, supporting them to lead healthy lives.
In Ghana, m2m’s Mentor Mothers have been recognized as essential frontline health workers during the pandemic. Mentor Mothers in Ghana have been able to continue providing adapted, face-to-face services where possible, in accordance with the World Health Organization and national COVID-19 guidance, in addition to eServices to support remotely.
In the first two years of Gucci and CHIME’s partnership, m2m in Ghana:
They have Recruited, trained, and deployed 24 Mentor Mothers and Peer Mentors at health facilities and in local communities.
Reached over 14,600 vulnerable pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children with high quality, life-changing health services and psychosocial support.
There is an increased early diagnoses for infants and utilization of testing services.
Achieved remarkable levels of maternal and young children (aged 0-3 years) retention in care.
Enhanced male involvement in the program.
Improved caregiver and community knowledge for early childhood development.
Through Peer Mentors, provided peer-led, age-appropriate support and services to adolescents and young women ages 15-24.
The partnership between these organizations is helping to expand an effective and sustainable model in global health, as well as a healthy future for women and girls.