In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 SDGs to achieve three main themes over the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals as the international community’s new global goals to be achieved by 2030.
m2m and it’s Mentor Mother Model advances 6 of the 17 SDGs most directly affecting women and children’s health, development, and economic security.
Examples of how m2m meets these challenges include:
|m2m advances poverty reduction and creates decent work by employing mothers living with HIV as Mentor Mothers. Through professional roles and economic independence, Mentor Mothers fight stigma and discrimination by example and become role models in their communities.|
|Mentor Mothers educate clients on the importance of good nutrition, safe food handling, and how they can improve nutrition for themselves and their families; pre-screen mothers and infants for malnutrition and, when necessary, refer clients for further nutritional assessment and assistance with food security issues.|
|Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and peer support to pregnant women and new mothers on how to protect their babies from HIV infection and the importance of testing their babies for the virus 6 weeks and 18 months after birth to ensure they get lifesaving treatment should they be infected.|
They also increase access of pregnant women and mothers living with HIV to life-sustaining medical interventions, and support HIV-positive women on treatment for life through Option B+.
m2m also provides integrated care to improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health (RMNCH) and engage women in health issues critical to keeping themselves and their families healthy, including family planning, child immunisation, TB, malaria, nutrition, cervical cancer prevention, neonatal male circumcision and gender-based violence.
|m2m’s intensive, home-based early childhood development interventions improve children’s cognitive, social, emotional, motor and language development, and physical growth.|
|The Mentor Mother Model promotes gender equality by empowering mothers living with HIV, enabling them to fight stigma in their communities and to live positive and productive lives.|
Mentor Mothers raise awareness about gender-based violence and, when necessary, refer clients to partner organisations for support.