Our Kenya country programme is an example of the impact our work can have with a long-term, sustained, and collaborative government partnership. Four years after mothers2mothers (m2m) began providing Mentor Mother services in Kenya, the nation became the first to adopt the Mentor Mother Model as national policy. In close partnership with the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), m2m helped draw up the policy, and prepared and rolled out the Kenya Mentor Mother Program (KMMP) nationally over a five-year period.
This process included training and equipping more than 20 organisations to establish and manage the KMMP—from large international NGOs to small faith-based organisations. When the project ended in December 2017, the KMMP was delivering benefits in 33 of Kenya’s 47 counties, employing over 650 Mentor Mothers. Nine months later, the government had scaled up the KMMP to all the 47 counties with funding from the
Global Fund for TB, AIDS and Malaria (GFTAM).
Today, m2m provides advice and technical assistance to partners and operates a KMMP model site in Nairobi working at the health facility and community level to demonstrate operational and programme excellence. Since November 2018, m2m Kenya has integrated both mHealth and early childhood development (ECD) into its programme.
|Programme Snapshot: (As at January 2018)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||4.8%|
|Locations (incl. clinics and nearby communities)||1|
|Mentor Mothers (in health centres)||26|
|New clients enrolled**||480,397|
|Programme Specialist||Charles Muruka|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||5.4%|
“If all health facilities could implement the KMMP… Kenya would be able to achieve the elimination of paediatric HIV and AIDS.”
– Jannes Okinyi K’Odero, Regional HIV Linkage and Referrals Cluster Lead at Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), an HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment programme in Kisumu County trained by m2m to implement the KMMP.