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.
Globally, #AIDS is still the leading cause of death among adol girls & young women according to the 2017 report by… https://t.co/AVxjN8QY07— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) August 19, 2017
m2m Mentor Mother Khonjiswa was featured in @UNAIDS article 'Lives changed on the way to zero' #HIVPrevention https://t.co/86txX2Jgjz— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) August 18, 2017
Human Resources Director Gillian Mthandi will tell you why supporting mothers2mothers is so important: https://t.co/LcLkJfrxpP— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) August 17, 2017