SOUTH AFRICA


The birthplace of mothers2mothers (m2m), our South Africa country programme delivers our core services—prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH)—while remaining at the forefront of our programmatic innovation and development.

All of m2m’s services lines are represented in South Africa, including early childhood development, adolescent health and positive youth development, and programming designed to meet the health needs of orphans and other vulnerable children. m2m South Africa also provides technical assistance, currently working on a project to strengthen community systems that support young pregnant and breastfeeding women.

One of our proudest achievements in South Africa has been to dramatically scale our reach and impact. In 2012, South Africa adopted the Mentor Mother Model as policy and embedded it into the formal healthcare system. Over the next five years, m2m worked on-the-ground in four provinces to prepare, hire, train, and supervise Mentor Mothers across 500 health facilities/sites, and then gradually transitioned the programme to Government ownership. Upon the project’s completion in 2017, more than 700 Mentor Mothers were employed by the government.

 

Programme Snapshot: (As at December 2017)
Program inception 2001
Adult HIV prevalence* 18.9%
Locations (incl. clinics and nearby communities) 31
Mentor Mothers 276
New clients enrolled** 1,109,426
Senior Portfolio Lead Caitlin Corcoran

 

“mothers2mothers is an organisation that has brought positive change to mothers living with HIV in our facility. Now most women speak openly about their HIV status. The power of the Mentor Mothers is such that they share their own personal stories to motivate those that are alone and scared. They help us a lot because in most cases we are understaffed. This project has really strengthened the health care system.”

– Sr. Sylvia Mzinyathi, Senior Professional Nurse and Youth Champion, Ikwezi Clinic, South Africa

UNAIDS Country Fact Sheet, 2017