mothers2mothers (m2m) is one of the few programmes in Eswatini—a country with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world— providing mentoring services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) to pregnant women living with HIV. Working in health centres and their surrounding communities in all four regions of the country, m2m Mentor Mothers provide a full range of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) support services.
Eswatini is also where m2m first launched our integrated PMTCT/early childhood development (ECD) programme. Research shows that children exposed to risks and adversity in their early years, such as HIV or poverty, are particularly vulnerable and need additional support to help them reach their full potential. At m2m, specially trained Mentor Mothers support and educate parents and caregivers on how to nurture children’s cognitive, social, emotional, motor and language development, and physical growth, and stay healthy themselves and adhere to their treatment.
|Programme Snapshot: (as at December 2017)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||27.4%|
|Locations (incl. clinic and nearby communities)||51|
|New clients enrolled||68,796|
|Project Director||Ncobile Maseko|
“m2m plays a vital role in making sure that mothers found to be living with HIV are enrolled into care and treatment and receive social support with their families. They have tremendously improved retention rates of those mothers in care, which has greatly contributed to the reduction of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Eswatini.“
Nomphilo H. Gwebu, National Peer Support and Adherence Coordinator, Eswatini National AIDS Program