Mothers2Mothers

150,000

Women and babies helped per month, between 2010-2012, in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, S.Africa & Zambia.

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is one of the most effective types of HIV interventions, yet each year, more babies are born with HIV in one busy clinic in Africa than in the United States, Canada and England combined.

mothers2mothers (m2m) has developed an innovative model to reduce transmission of HIV from mother to baby. By enlisting HIV-positive mothers (‘mother mentors’) to help guide HIV-positive women through the correct medical processes and practices during their pregnancies, the likelihood of transmission can be minimised. After more than 7 years, m2m have proved the effectiveness of their support and are now at stage where they are replicating and expanding to 645 sites across South

Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zambia. Furthermore, they have been recognised for their success with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2008) and Schwab Social Entrepreneurs of the Year (2009) for Africa.

Our grant of almost £1m is challenging m2m to pilot the most efficient, cost effective ways of making sure every part of their process is leading to a healthy, HIV-free baby, so that each successful element is embedded across all 645 sites and can support 20% of all HIV-positive pregnant woman in need globally.

Mitch Besser, Founder and Medical Director of m2m, with Sir Elton during a visit in 2010.

Mothers Helping Mothers Fight HIV

In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers - an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving lives.

What you can do

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What we can do

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Our Goals

No More
HIV Infections

We fund a huge range of projects - from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS text reminders to pregnant women. They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination. It's essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems, and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand them.

No More
AIDS Deaths

HIV medicines are now available for as little as $300 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 7 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.

No More Discrimination

Stigma is still HIV's most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.

Creating an AIDS Free Future