mothers2mothers

Ending HIV is Just the Start

aka mothers2mothers International, m2m, motherstomothers, mothers to mothers   |   New York, NY   |  www.m2m.org

Mission

Our mission is to ensure healthy, thriving families and an end to pediatric AIDS. Our Mentor Mother Model empowers mothers living with HIV, through education and employment, as role models to help other women and whole families access essential services and medical care. Through the Mentor Mother Model, we work with governments, local partners, and communities to: Eliminate HIV infections in children Reduce maternal and child mortality Advance healthy development of newborns and children Improve the health of women, adolescents, and families Promote universal access to reproductive health and family planning Overcome stigma and discrimination Champion gender equality Support livelihood development for families and communities

Ruling year info

2009

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Frank Beadle de Palomo

Main address

1431 Broadway 8th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of the mothers programmes, inc.

EIN

30-0545760

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

Reproductive Rights (R61)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa’s health systems are under tremendous strain. According to the World Health Organization, the continent has a shortage of 4.2 million healthcare workers, and by 2030 that figure will increase to 6.1 million. As a result, there are significant challenges to ensuring those who need healthcare can access services, remain in care, and adhere to their treatment. This is a major contributor to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa where over 400 children are infected with HIV each day, and nearly 7,000 adolescent girls and young women infected globally each week, the majority of whom live in the region. Other factors include HIV-related stigma and discrimination still prevalent in many African communities, and a lack of accurate health information. Meanwhile, maternal and child mortality rates remain high – usually attributable to entirely preventable causes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Using a family-centered approach, m2m employs Mentor Mothers to engage women, their partners, and their families in health centers, households and communities. Mentor Mothers promote uptake of HIV testing and other health services, retaining clients in care along the PMTCT cascade, and improving adherence to treatment. Mentor Mothers support HIV-positive clients through pregnancy and breastfeeding, and until their children have their final 18—24 month HIV test and are no longer at risk of infection. They also educate high risk HIV-negative women on how to remain negative.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Women and girls

Consistent evidence from studies on the impact of HIV on HIV-exposed children demonstrates that they are particularly vulnerable to developmental delays, compromised health, mortality and emotional adjustment. m2m is committed to ensuring that every child not only survives, but thrives. Good quality early childhood care is key to optimal development—ECD programming can be a powerful equalizer. Specially trained Mentor Mothers provide an essential package of services at home and in communities, supporting parents and caregivers to understand the importance of nurturing a child’s development. This intensive intervention is designed to improve children’s cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, motor and language development, and physical growth

By engaging mothers through a child’s early years, m2m is able to support them to stay on treatment, or regularly test for their own viral load. Mentor Mothers also identify orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), up to age 19, and link them to health and social services, and provide hands-on support to create healthy, resilient households.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

We work to prevent mother-to-child transmission and also help children who are already infected or exposed. Using a family-centred approach, Mentor Mothers are trained to identify HIV-positive and HIV-exposed children at health facilities and in communities, link them to care and treatment, and deliver ongoing follow up and adherence support to the children and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with HIV/AIDS

Preventing infection among adolescents, which studies show are at the highest risk, is critical to achieving an HIV-free generation. m2m provides age-appropriate, sensitive, and empathetic support to adolescents in safe and confidential environments, promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services, building their skills and competencies, and fostering healthy relationships and greater resiliency through role modeling and involving youth in decision making. We employ adolescent peer mentors to do this in spaces such as youth clubs and via support groups in schools, communities, and health facilities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with HIV/AIDS

In contact with their clients over an extensive period of time, Mentor Mothers provide essential RMNCAH services. They include linkages to care and referrals for family planning, cervical cancer screening, child immunization, GBV support, neonatal male circumcision, malaria, nutrition, and TB.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2017

Awards

Africa Regional Social Entrepreneurs of 2009 2009

Schwab Foundation

Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2008

Skoll Foundation

Platinum Award for Innovation 2007

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Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, we reached 27% more adolescents (aged 10-19) than we did in 2018. We also reached 20% more children (aged 3-9) in 2019, compared to 2018.

Mother-to-child transmission rate of HIV among clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of clients' babies out of 100 that tested positive for HIV 18-24 months after birth. A rate of less than 5% meets the UN Global Plan's standard for virtual elimination of pediatric AIDS.

Number of HIV-positive women employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HIV-positive women employed by mothers2mothers include facility-based Mentor Mothers and Site Coordinators, as well as Community Mentor Mothers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

m2m's mission is to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families and communities by training, employing, and empowering HIV-positive mothers as frontline healthcare workers. Their intimate understanding of the social and cultural challenges of living with HIV gives these Mentor Mothers a unique ability to form trusted relationships with other women, vital to helping them access and stay on treatment for the best possible health outcomes for themselves and their families. Furthermore, by placing Mentor Mothers in critically understaffed health centres, we provide much needed support to doctors and nurses so that they have more capacity to focus on clinical work. And by employing community-based Mentor Mothers to reach women who have not engaged in the health system at their homes, we strive to make sure all at risk women have the education and support they need to access lifesaving medical care for themselves and their families.

At the heart of the Mentor Mother Model are the people most impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic – HIV-positive African women. Their personal experiences of challenges such as stigma and gender dynamics make them highly effective role models and behaviour change agents. Unlike the hurried doctors and nurses who work at Africa's understaffed health centres, m2m's Mentor Mothers can take as much time as necessary to help their clients overcome their shock and fear of testing HIV positive. They also reach out into communities to reach women who have not accessed medical care or who have stopped their treatment. By sharing similar backgrounds, cultural values, and even language, Mentor Mothers are able to develop intimate and trusted relationships with the women they serve. Their empathy and understanding gives other women the strength to overcome fears of stigma and discrimation and take steps that are critical to keeping themselves and their babies healthy, including disclosing their status to their families.

Equally important, Mentor Mothers are able to leverage the trusted relationships they form with their clients to tackle broader health issues and keep women engaged in the health system and on treatment over the long term, including cervical cancer, child immunisation, family planning, gender-based violence, neonatal male circumision, malari, nutrition, and TB.

m2m also engages mothers through early childhood development (ECD) services, a high intensive intervention delivered by specially-trained Mentor Mothers in homes to ensure that children thrive and that mothers stay in treatment and test their children for HIV. And when they reach reproductive age, m2m addresses the unique challenges faced by adolescents by providing the skills and knoweldge necessary to them to make the right choices. It is only then that the terrible cycle of paediatric AIDS will be broken and an HIV-free generation can become a reality.

m2m has spent more than 15 years refining our peer mentor–based training curriculum and tools that teach women how to catalyse change and reinforce healthy choices through their own life experiences. Our programme was recognised as a key strategy in the United Nation's Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive (Global Plan). For years, m2m has been a trusted partner to other non-profit organisations and national and local governments, and is currently providing technical assistance to the governments of Kenya and South Africa to establish national Mentor Mother programmes in order to ensure even more mothers and children are getting the comprehensive services they need for the best health outcomes.

An external evaluation of m2m's Mentor Mother Model found that it reduces mother-to-child transmission of HIV, improves maternal and infant health outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing, and saves significant money through averted HIV treatment costs. In addition, m2m's most recent Annual Evaluation found that m2m has achieved, on average, the virtual elimination of paediatric AIDS among m2m clients, according to the UN guidelines that defines elimination as a transmission rate of less than 5%.

Our goal is for all women delivering babies in the countries we serve receive Mentor Mother services, as we feel that all pregnant women could benefit from the support and education that the programme provides. Currently, 1 in 4 women delivering in countries where m2m has a presence received support and education from a Mentor Mother.

We are also working to make sure that our clients are retained in care over the long-term, and at the very least until their babies reach 18 months when they have their final HIV test and are no longer at risk of infection. Retention is a challenge facing all organisations that work in this space. We have been improving our retention rates, and expect to continue to do so through our new community engagement programme and by offering expanded services to engage women and their families in healthcare over the long term.

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mothers2mothers

Board of directors
as of 8/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Donna Futterman

Professor of Paediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Derek Lubner

Innovate Services Ltd.

Carl Stewart

HSBC

Chris Ahrends

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Laura Bartlett

Leslie Brunner

Kimberly Dasher Tripp

Strategy for Scale

Marjorie Hill

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc.

Carolina Manhusen Schwab

Ngozi Orji

Charneill Sickle

Mitch Besser

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Frank Beadle de Palomo

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Robin Smalley

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Colleen Hancock

BabyCenter

Donna Futterman

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Kate Schachern

Rabin Martin

Samantha Bond

Lynn Cornelissen

Stellenbosch University's Family Clinical Research Unit

Tim Evans

Grace Belgravia

Louise Palmer

Velvet Architect

Stephanie Power

MAC Cosmetics

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes