Health for All Generations
Paediatric AIDS will only be eliminated when children grow up healthy and reach reproductive age with the skills and knowledge necessary to make the right choices to protect the next generation from HIV. That is why m2m’s programme extends well beyond pregnancy, birth, and a child’s early years. Our programme areas include:
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) | HIV care and treatment:
Mentor Mothers promote uptake of services, retain HIV-positive women in care, and improve adherence to treatment by providing essential health education and peer support in health facilities, households, and communities. They also educate HIV-negative women on how to remain negative.
Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health (RMNCH):
The trusted relationships between Mentor Mothers and their clients make them uniquely effective in providing essential RMNCH services critical to them and their families, including linkages to care and referrals for family planning, cervical cancer screening, child immunisation, gender-based violence support, neonatal male circumcision, malaria, nutrition, and TB.
Early childhood development (ECD):
Specially trained Mentor Mothers provide an essential package of ECD services to children and their parents or caregivers at their homes or within health facilities. This intensive intervention is designed to improve children’s cognitive, social, emotional, motor and language development, and physical growth.
Paediatric case findings and support:
Using a family-centred approach, Mentor Mothers are trained to identify HIV-positive and HIV-exposed children at health facilities and in communities, link them to care and treatment, and deliver ongoing follow up and adherence support to the children and their families.
Adolescent health and positive youth development:
m2m provides age-appropriate, sensitive, and empathetic support to adolescents in safe and confidential environments, promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services, building their skills and competencies, and fostering healthy relationships and greater resiliency through role modeling and involving youth in decision making.