Zambia is a land-locked country, rich in vibrant culture and extreme natural beauty. Located in the southern Africa region which has the highest HIV burden on the continent, 1.2 million people in Zambia are living with HIV,* and 12,000 children are infected with HIV each year.**  However, the country has made significant strides in increasing access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) and has achieved the global target of 80% access.  Zambia is phasing in Option B+, a treatment protocol that puts all HIV-positive pregnant women on ART for life. The success of Option B+ relies on client adherence and retention, making the education and ongoing support provided by mothers2mothers’ (m2m) Mentor Mothers even more essential to keep women in treatment.

OVERVIEW: (As at January 2018)
Programme Inception May 2016
Sites 7
Site Coordinators 2
Mentor Mothers 6
Adult HIV prevalence*** 12.4%

m2m began offering Mentor Mothers service in Zambia in May 2016 through a local sub-partner, the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Management Programme (CHAMP). m2m’s previous project in Zambia ended in 2011.

Located in two districts in Lusaka and Northwestern provinces, m2m Mentor Mothers work, through CHAMP, in two urban facilities, providing essential health education and support to ensure that women and their children access the full cascade of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. In addition, Mentor Mothers are stationed on mobile Primary Care Support Units (PCSU) operated by CHAMP in Solwezi district, which support service delivery to rural clinics.

*      Zambia UNAIDS, HIV & AIDS estimates, available online UNAIDS
**    Zambia Country Report 2014
***  UNAIDS Country Fact Sheet, 2016