When American gynaecologist Dr Mitch Besser arrived in Cape Town in 2000, more than 4 million South Africans, including a staggering 25% of all pregnant women, were infected with HIV. And worse still, as many as 40% of those mothers were passing their devastating disease on to their newborn babies.
Ten years later, Besser’s team of 1750 mentor mothers – mothers who had been there, who had HIV, and whom Besser had helped to produce healthy babies – were counselling other young mothers at 700 sites throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and the mother-to-child transmission rate in South Africa had fallen to 3.5%.
Mitch Besser won’t stop until it’s zero.
"Personal energy applied to problems, even enormous problems, drives change"
Listen to an interview with m2m founder Mitch Besser, and another with one of his mentor mothers.
We must continue to make lifesaving #progress. No child should be born with #HIV https://t.co/V6RyRmEiAn— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) June 24, 2017
Discuss w/ us role of youth, as custodians of #SDGs, in promoting health & wellbeing at ECOSOC Youth Forum on 31 Jan #EWECYouth #Youth2030— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) June 23, 2017
Colleen met m2m through our partnership w/ @BabyCenter. Find out why she took the next step & became a Board Member: https://t.co/FsIcaquufA— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) June 22, 2017