Our Impact in South Africa
Virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among m2m’s enrolled clients, according to UNAIDS guidelines:
of HIV-positive women enrolled at m2m were initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for life.
of HIV-exposed infants of enrolled m2m clients were given ART to protect them from infection.
of these HIV-exposed infants were tested for HIV at 6-8 weeks.
6 – Our MTCT rate is comparable to the UNAIDS MTCT Indicator, as outlined in their guidelines available here: https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/2017-Global-AIDS-Monitoring_en.pdf. National benchmark is based on the latest available UNAIDS data, published here: https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/20190722_UNAIDS_SFSFAF_2019_en.pdf
October 2019 marks 15 years since Colile Mashaba was diagnosed as HIV positive. She is employed by m2m as the District Coordinator in Ehlazeni, Mpumalanga. She recalls her emotional journey of acceptance:
I found out in 2004 that I was living with HIV. I fell pregnant a year later and my partner demanded that I terminate the pregnancy. I refused and we went our separate ways. I was living in fear and had not yet disclosed my status to my parents but things started to look up when I met mothers2mothers in 2009. Because the Mentor Mothers live and work in the community, they are always accessible to clients. These women went through the same difficulties and could relate to my struggles. On my worst days, I could visit any Mentor Mother at home for counselling. I joined mothers2mothers because I too wanted to make a difference in my community. The support they were giving pregnant women was simply outstanding. I wanted to be part of this positive change. I would not have been here today if it was not for the unconditional love I received from this wonderful organisation. I will forever be grateful for that.