ETAF grant recipient mothers2mothers works in Africa to train, employ, and empower Mentor Mothers, who are living with HIV, to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centers as members of the healthcare team. Mentor Mothers are extremely hands on, and dedicated to making sure that none of the HIV+ women they support fall through the cracks. They educate and council newly diagnosed mothers on how to properly take antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and protect both the mother and baby’s health. Mentor Mothers’ ties to the community and first-hand knowledge of HIV makes them highly effective peer mentors.
ETAF has a very successful history funding programs in the Mulanje District of Malawi including mothers2mothers, Grassroot Soccer, and the Elizabeth Taylor/GAIA Mobile Health Clinics.