Located in the heart of East Africa, Kenya is the financial and trade hub of the region. It has been critical for m2m to pursue expansion and service delivery in a country where young women between 15 and 24 are four times more likely to be infected than their male counterparts, and where the HIV prevalence rate among women of all ages is nearly double the rate for men.
|OVERVIEW: (As of November 2013)|
|KMMP Implementing Partners||20|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||6.1%|
* Estimate, UNAIDS Report of the Global AIDS Epidemic 2013
Kenya is the flagship country where m2m is providing technical assistance to the government and partner organisations to implement a national Mentor Mother programme. Once the Kenya Mentor Mother Program (KMMP) is fully implemented, it will place Mentor Mothers at health centres throughout the country in order to provide many more HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers with essential health education and support. KMMP is modeled in large part on m2m’s Mentor Mother programme that has been operating in Kenya since 2008. It is the centrepiece of Kenya’s new national eMTCT (elimination of mother-to-child transmission) framework, developed to eliminate new cases of paediatric AIDS by 2015.
“I always feel so fulfilled when I meet a mother who first came to us as a reluctant client, then goes on to have a baby free of HIV.”
– Rebecca Wangari, Mentor Mother Team Leader