mothers2mothers (m2m) Malawi is our largest country programme. We provide our full range of family-centred services spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolescence in the country. This includes prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH), early childhood development (ECD), and paediatric care and support.
In direct response to the government’s strategy to reach everyone with HIV testing and treatment services, m2m Malawi is the first country that recruits and employs HIV-positive men as Expert Clients as part of our family-centred approach. Currently, 272 Expert Clients are working in 98 clinics to support other men in their community to access health services in order to stay healthy and reduce their partner’s risk of infection.
m2m Malawi is also the birthplace of our Community Mentor Mother (CMM) programme, in which Mentor Mothers work door-to-door in local communities, linking women and families to nearby health centres for medical care. The programme was created to enhance the need for retention and adherence support after Malawi became the first country to recommend all HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers be placed on antiretrovirals (ARVs) for life.
|Programme Snapshot: (As at November 2017)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||9.6%|
|New clients enrolled||353,565|
|Country Director||Chileshe Chilangwa|
“m2m’s community programme is good because it caters to the whole family. Many of our women do not go for treatment or access services at the hospital. The Community Mentor Mothers encourage them to go for services. I’d love for it to be extended so that other communities can benefit the same way my people are benefitting.”
– Stevenson H. Tsoyo, Group Village Headman, Chiswe, Malawi.