Our Impact in Zambia
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
Our Reach in Zambia
Data as of 30 June 2019.
Nidah Chisenga is a Mentor Mother at the Lubuto Clinic in Copper Belt Province of Zambia. She tested HIV-positive in 2016 after she had difficulty recovering from malaria, and has two HIV-negative daughters.
Working for mother2mothers is one of the best things that have ever happened to me. It has always been my prayer to have a chance to serve women in my community. The salary I earn enables me to help take care of my familyI am very proud that I am making such a big difference, not just in my home but in my community as well.
I work in a very busy clinic. Together with four other Mentor Mothers, we see about 60 pregnant women and new mothers each day, including about 15 who are living with HIV. One of the things I love most about being a Mentor Mother in Zambia is that we have been trained to do dry blood spot testing (DBS). DBS is a test where a blood sample is blotted and dried on filter paper. The dried samples are easily sent to the laboratory and tested for HIV. Being able to do the test has made things so much easier in my clinic. We do not miss testing any child exposed to HIV. The few nurses we have at the clinic can now do other work while the Mentor Mothers do the test and provide our clients with health. The results come back within five days and we have been very grateful that we have not had any child test HIV-positive in the first two months since we started doing the test.