Latest News

m2m Announces Mozambique Launch

2 February 2018

“The dream of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Mozambique can become a reality, if we can collaborate to find ways to keep women and families in care for longer.”

Panel discussion at m2m launch event in Maputo, Mozambique

That was the clear consensus this week in Maputo, as key public health stakeholders gathered for mothers2mothers’ (m2m) official launch in Mozambique. m2m announced an exciting new strategic partnership with the Mozambiqan Health Ministry (MISAU) to bolster the country’s efforts to eliminate paediatric AIDS and reach global goals. m2m will roll out its Mentor Mother Model—through which HIV-positive women help expectant mothers and breastfeeding women to avoid passing the virus on to their children—across the country, through a blend of direct service delivery, by partnering with other NGOs, and by providing technical assistance. An initial $6m in funding over a two-year period is being provided by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), administered through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

m2m President and CEO Frank Beadle de Palomo and Dra. Pascoa Wate, Head of Maternal & Child Health Department at MISAU, shared this news at a gathering on 31 January attended by more than 80 government officials and policy makers, NGOs, activists, media representatives, and other public health professionals. Following their remarks, Frank and Dra. Pascoa were joined on stage by Dra. Jessica Cowan Greenberg (CDC) and Dra. Argentina Wate (USAID) for an in-depth discussion—moderated by m2m Mozambique Country Director Ilda Kuleba—on the country’s progress in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the ambitious goals that the U.S. government has set to eliminate paediatric AIDS in Mozambique, and how m2m will support these efforts.

Dra. Pascoa Wate, Head of Maternal & Child Health Department at MISAU, giving the opening remarks

Dra. Pascoa shared that Mozambique is one of the countries worst affected by the epidemic. Estimates suggest that around one in eight Mozambicans is living with HIV and 130,000 pregnant women are in need of antiretrovirals. The country has made progress in reducing infections among children, and increasing the number of women and couples testing for HIV and HIV-positive pregnant women on ARVs. Yet like many resource-limited countries, Mozambique struggles with retaining HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers in care, which has resulted in an increased risk of HIV transmission during the breastfeeding period and lower rates of testing among HIV-exposed infants.

“This can change. In countries facing similar challenges to Mozambique, mothers2mothers has achieved virtual elimination of paediatric AIDS for the past three years in a row among our enrolled clients,” Frank told the audience. “In 2016, mother-to-child transmission rates among women enrolled in our programme were on average 1.6% at the 18 to 24 month HIV test. That is well below the 5% mark established by UNAIDS for virtual elimination, and provides great progress towards the SDG of eliminating HIV by 2030.”

The panelists also discussed how as part of the national strategy to combat HIV, Mozambique has operated Maes para Maes (MpM), a community support programme for HIV-positive mothers which contains elements of m2m’s Mentor Mother Model, since 2010. To help Mozambique eliminate paediatric AIDS and meet global goals, PEPFAR and MISAU are collaborating to revitalise the MpM strategy, with m2m invited to help bolster its efficacy.

m2m President and CEO Frank Beadle de Palomo speaking at launch event

Frank described how—working in close collaboration with MISAU, Jhpiego, and other partners—m2m will initially provide Mentor Mother services in 24 high-volume health facilities, including in the provinces of Zambezia and Sofala, which have among the highest rates of HIV in the country. m2m Mentor Mothers will work in these facilities and the surrounding communities, visiting women and families at home who have not accessed medical care or who have dropped out of treatment, and linking them to Mentor Mothers at the health facilities. In addition to direct service delivery, our technical assistance and implementation will include developing robust curriculum, training, and monitoring and evaluation tools to help MISAU and other partners strengthen MpM.

“mothers2mothers has a long track record of working as a trusted partner to governments and NGOs to end paediatric AIDS,” Frank said. “We have seen our Mentor Mother Model become national policy in nations including South Africa and Kenya. Now, we look forward to sharing this knowledge and expertise with our colleagues in Mozambique to ensure the vision of an HIV-free generation becomes a reality.”

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this launch a success. Now, the hard work begins. We are looking forward to working with our partners in Mozambique, and helping women and families stay healthy and thrive to build the future of this incredible country!

For more information on m2m’s programme in Mozambique, click here.


21 December 2018

Top Ten Reasons to Celebrate 2018!

m2m President and CEO Frank Beadle de Palomo reflects on some of our biggest milestones in 2018. With 2019 around...

13 December 2018

World AIDS Day celebrations go global.

World AIDS Day (1st December) is always an important day for us at mothers2mothers (m2m) as the world comes together...

7 December 2018

G20 Commits to Early Childhood Development

By Fiona Burtt, Senior Technical Advisor, ECD/OVC at mothers2mothers 2018 has been a landmark year for early childhood development (ECD)....

1 December 2018

Make the Impossible Possible

On World AIDS Day, m2m President and CEO Frank Beadle de Palomo reflects on the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic...

29 November 2018

A Festive Event You Can’t Miss!

For the second year running, mothers2mothers (m2m) will be hosting a festive carol concert in London at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge on Monday 3rd December 2018....

19 November 2018

Making an Impact on the East Coast

(L-R) Emma France, Frank Beadle de Palomo, Irene Nkosi, Annie Lennox, and Dr. Mitch Besser attend event hosted by Marigay...

16 November 2018

m2m featured in latest British Airways video!

Today, we are incredibly excited to reveal that mothers2mothers is featured in British Airways’ (BA) latest seatback video for their...

9 November 2018

Cycling our way to zero transmission of HIV!

4 days, over 5,000km, 3 site visits, 1 country…Cycle2Zero 2018.  From 20th – 24th October, 30 cyclists from around the...

7 November 2018

m2m Launches in the Big Apple 

Today, we are delighted to announce that mothers2mothers (m2m) has opened our first office in New York City. It is our...

19 October 2018

Running for change – The Royal Parks Half Marathon

Keen runner and m2m supporter, Ashleigh Jackman. Ashleigh Jackman, 38, Events, Roadshow and Hospitality, Relationship Manager within Financial Services and Vice...

17 October 2018

Putting the spotlight on girls – International Day of the Girl 2018

On 11th October, mothers2mothers UK (m2m UK) celebrated the 7th International Day of the Girl Child, aimed at highlighting the...

10 October 2018

My message to teenage girls – Anathi Mbono, South Africa

Spokeswoman Babalwa Mbono with her daughter Anathi Mbono in Washington D.C. – May 2018 Age: 15 Location: Pretoria, South Africa...

9 October 2018

m2m Co-founder Honoured as a Difference Maker

Robin Smalley, mothers2mothers’ (m2m) Co-founder and Chief Connector, has been named one of the 100 TIAA Difference Makers. TIAA—a leading...

5 October 2018

The Mother of All Roadshows — m2m’s Impact Roadshow

 Two continents, ten events, over 500 audience members, one goal. mothers2mothers (m2m) has just wrapped up a whirlwind two-week which...

3 October 2018

Taking Local Action to Reach Global Goals

By Babalwa Mbono, one of m2m’s early clients and Mentor Mothers, now an m2m spokeswoman and trainer. m2m Spokeswoman Babalwa...

21 September 2018

mothers2mothers at the heart of groundbreaking “Social Impact Bond”

Raising resources. Measuring impact. Fostering collaboration between government, business and civil society.These are three of the greatest challenges to sustainable...

5 September 2018

m2m Selected as Finalist for The 2018 Drucker Prize

The Drucker Institute announced the top ten finalists for its prestigious Drucker Prize last week, and mothers2mothers (m2m) is proud...

16 August 2018

Harnessing pedal power in solidarity with Mentor Mothers – RideLondon 2018

On Sunday 29th July, a team of mothers2mothers (m2m) cyclists took to the roads for RideLondon – Surrey 100. Now...

26 July 2018

mothers2mothers at AIDS Conference 2018

This week, the international HIV/AIDS community came together in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the 22nd International AIDS Conference.  Team mothers2mothers...

22 July 2018

Our 2017 Annual Evaluation: Highlighting m2m’s Contribution Towards the UN’s Global Goals

mothers2mothers (m2m) is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending AIDS, ensuring good health and wellbeing...

18 July 2018

Celebrating Nelson Mandela at 100

By Frank Beadle de Palomo, President and Chief Executive Officer, mothers2mothers   “I have discovered the secret that after climbing...

10 July 2018

m2m U.S. Announces Founder Dr. Mitch Besser as Interim Board Chair

mothers2mothers (m2m) U.S.* today announced that m2m Founder Dr. Mitch Besser has been appointed as its Interim Board Chair by...

5 July 2018

Why I support mothers2mothers – A personal account by Allison Mitchell

Allison Mitchell is the co-founder of Vild – House of Little (a luxury children’s clothing brand). She recently joined the...

27 June 2018

A Midsummer Soirée to remember

Last week, mothers2mothers (m2m) was delighted to host a Midsummer Soirée at One Belgravia in London. Long-standing and newer m2m...

16 June 2018

Leaving no Child Behind

By Fiona Burtt, Senior Technical Advisor, ECD/OVC at mothers2mothers  Today is the International Day of the African Child and this year’s...

31 May 2018

m2m welcomes UNICEF Executive Director to South Africa

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H Fore with mothers , Peer Mentors and staff from the Mothers2mother program at the Soshonguve...

17 May 2018

Celebrating a Milestone: 15 years of U.S. leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

By Frank Beadle de Palomo, President and Chief Executive Officer, mothers2mothers   In early 2000 when the HIV/AIDS pandemic was...

24 May 2018

m2m Goes to Washington to Celebrate 15 Years of PEPFAR

Babalwa and Anathi in front of the U.S. Capitol building. Last Thursday, mothers2mothers (m2m) headed to Washington, DC to celebrate...

16 May 2018

A Mother and Teenage Daughter Pay it Forward

Tomorrow, May 17, an event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC will celebrate 15 years of the U.S. President’s Emergency...

4 May 2018

m2m Featured in New International Campaign for LGT

Today, we’re proud to share that m2m is taking centre-stage in a new international marketing campaign for LGT Group Foundation,...

11 April 2018

mothers2mothers Joins Global Advocacy Initiative to Ask One Million Women & Girls Their Top Healthcare Priority

Today is The International Day for Maternal Health and Rights—a fitting day for the launch of a campaign that will...

23 March 2018

It is possible to survive HIV and Tuberculosis —but you need the right diagnosis

By Relebohile Leoatha, a Mentor Mother in Lesotho In 2006, at just 15 years old, I fell pregnant. My mother...

9 March 2018

m2m Celebrates International Women’s Day with Two Riveting Events in London

Coming hot on the heels of an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, and justice, there was a real...

8 March 2018

The Urban and Rural Activists Who Are Transforming Women’s Lives

This blog originally appeared on Huffington Post UK Written by Dr. Betty Mirembe, Country Director, m2m Uganda Last month, at...

8 March 2018

Meet our newest Patron, Rochelle Humes

To coincide with International Women’s Day, mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to unveil our newest patron – Rochelle Humes! A well-known...

22 February 2018

Launch of MAMA Stars Collection

Selfish Mother and mothers2mothers (m2m) have collaborated many times over the last few years but today felt particularly special as we celebrated the...

19 February 2018

m2m Embarks on $44.5m Partnership with USAID

mothers2mothers (m2m) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have today announced details of a five-year, $44.5M partnership...

16 February 2018

Introducing our new Patron: actress Samantha Bond

Today, we are delighted to announce that actress Samantha Bond has become m2m’s newest Patron! She joins Annie Lennox and...

8 February 2018

m2m joins OAFLA at African Union to kick-off #FreeToShine

Last week, mothers2mothers (m2m) had the privilege of joining in the buzz around the 29th Annual Summit of the African...

2 February 2018

m2m Announces Mozambique Launch

“The dream of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Mozambique can become a reality, if we can collaborate to find...

26 January 2018

Launch of #PushCONNECTxm2m Coffee Mornings

m2m Global Development and Strategic Engagement Director Emma France with Emma Hart, Creative Director of PushPR To kickstart our new...

10 January 2018

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards m2m $1.2 Million to Launch Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services in Malawi

mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to join forces with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Hilton Foundation), a global leader in the...