The prevalence of HIV in Africa continues to have an immense effect on local communities, in particular the mothers who are HIV-positive or suffering from AIDS-related illness and, due to their own knowledge gaps and fear of stigma, may not practice health-seeking behavior. African NGO mothers2mothers (m2m) was founded to employ women living with HIV as community health workers. Because these ‘Mentor Mothers’ understand the distinct social and cultural challenges in their own communities, they are better able to deliver life-changing health services and health education – either in clinics or door-to-door – to women, children, adolescents and entire families. Since its founding in 2001, m2m has continued to improve community health, provide meaningful employment to HIV+ women and prevent new HIV infections on a significant scale.
We invest in mothers2mothers as part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s health strategy to focus on models that design, scale, strengthen and sustain digitally empowered solutions to provide high-quality primary healthcare in underserved communities. We provide comprehensive support across three areas:
new patients treated
mentor mothers employed
sited operated by m2m
LGT Venture Philanthropy is a rare breed of donor – one prepared to invest flexibly into building the overall capacity of an organization for impact and scale.
Learn more about how Mothers2mother works in the field