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.
#DYK: $15 can provide lifesaving education & support to 1 HIV-positive woman during her pregnancy & until her baby… https://t.co/giSXmbBHVA— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) December 14, 2017
.@salmahayek has shared her #metoo story. This gives strength to countless others w/ their own harrowing stories, w… https://t.co/0BCOE5lgRG— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) December 14, 2017
Mentor Mother Phumela is one of the Wonder Women we employ to inspire HIV-positive pregnant women to have hope.The… https://t.co/yXCuyzi5iV— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) December 12, 2017