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:
Using a family-centred approach, m2m employs Mentor Mothers to engage women, their partners, and families in health centres, households, and communities. They promote uptake of HIV testing and other health services, retaining them in care and improving adherence to treatment. Mentor Mothers support HIV-positive mothers through pregnancy and breastfeeding and until children have their final 18-24 month HIV test and are no longer at risk of infection. They also educate HIV-negative women on how to remain negative.
Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH):
In contact with their clients over an extensive period of time, Mentor Mothers also provide essential RMNCAH services. They include 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):
m2m is committed to ensuring that every child not only survives, but also thrives. Specially trained Mentor Mothers provide an essential package of ECD services at home and in communities, supporting parents and caregivers to understand the importance of nurturing a child’s development. This intensive intervention is designed to improve children’s cognitive, social, emotional, motor, and language development, and physical growth. By engaging mothers through their child’s early years, m2m is able to support them to stay on treatment or regularly test for HIV or viral load for their own health. Mentor Mothers also identify orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), up to age 19, and link them to health and social services, and provide hands on support to create healthy, resilient households.
Paediatric case findings and support:
m2m is working to make sure that all children are tested and access the treatment they need. Mentor Mothers, who are trained in a comprehensive package of services, identify HIV-exposed children at health facilities and in communities. They educate their families about the importance of testing them for HIV, and facilitate and support the testing process. For children who test HIV-positive, Mentor Mothers ensure that they are linked, initiated, and retained in care, providing ongoing follow up and adherence support to the children and their families.
Adolescent health and positive youth development:
In order to reduce HIV infections and deaths among adolescent girls and young women, 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.