m2m South Africa Programme Highlighted in IATT Report
m2m’s South Africa Programme received an important endorsement from the East and Southern Africa regional interagency task team (IATT) on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. A report from the 2014 Regional Stocktaking Meeting calls the Mentor Mother model a “best practice” in retaining mothers in PMTCT services, and highlights the South African government’s efforts to integrate Mentor Mothers into the health system (SAMMP project).
Here’s an excerpt from the report:
“The use of Mentor Mothers to provide peer support, as developed by the mothers2mothers project, is considered a best practice in improving PMTCT retention. Whether the use of Mentor Mothers and other lay people is a sustainable approach to providing care and support is a question often asked. South Africa has made efforts to include Mentor Mothers as staff of the Department of Health in order to ensure sustainability. In addition, South Africa has identified select community caregivers who are already Department of Health employees to fulfill the role of Mentor Mothers. With government support and creativity, sustainability may be achieved in order to ensure long-term public health gains.” (p. 15-16)