mothers2mothers’ (m2m) work in Uganda is presently focused in Jinga and Iganga Districts, situated in the East Central region of the country. We provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) support services in both health facilities and communities.
Since launching in Uganda in 2010, m2m has tailored our services to closely match local realities. This includes ensuring the inclusion of a woman’s family in her pregnancy and treatment through the creation of m2m family support groups. We also identify HIV-positive orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and support them and their caregivers, including through the provision of school subsidies to encourage educational attainment. Mentor Mothers also identify children with disabilities, referring them and their families for services, while educating communities to reduce stigma.
m2m Uganda was the first country to train Mentor Mothers to promote and foster the economic empowerment of their clients. Furthermore, Mentor Mother-led Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups are improving women’s ability to borrow money to finance income-generating activities.
|Programme Snapshot: (As at December 2017)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||5.9%|
|Locations (incl. clinics and nearby communities)||24|
|New clients enrolled||71,040|
|Country Director||Dr. Betty Mirembe|
“After the VSLA training, I got motivated to start my poultry project. I will sell the 100 chickens around Christmas time when demand for chicken will be high. In January 2019, I will use the sales and my savings to buy 200 chickens and construct a better poultry house to accommodate a bigger number of birds.”
Afuwa Kiiza, Community Mentor Mother Coordinator