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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

A new Secondment Program partner for 2019

mothers2mothers (m2m) is an NGO headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and works across eight African nations. mothers2mothers employs and trains HIV-positive women as “Mentor Mothers” –frontline healthcare workers who deliver health services, advice, and support to women and their families in understaffed health facilities and door-to-door in local communities. mothers2mothers started with a focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and today has evolved their peer-based model to deliver benefits at all stages of life –from pregnancy and birth and beyond to a child’s early years and adolescence. The ‘Mentor Mothers’ educate and support women and their families to overcome barriers to medical care, and ensure they receive the medication and health services they need and stay in treatment.

Johnson & Johnson and mothers2mothers have partnered since 2005. Together, and through mothers2mothers’ innovative and successful Mother Mentor program, they have reached nearly 2.3million women in 2017 alone, across more than 1,000 locations in seven countries providing counseling and health services. 

m2m has been a partner of the J&J Secondment Program since 2019. Last year, one J&J employee shared her skills and experiences with the NGO in a long-term 6 months secondment role. This year, another J&J change maker will use her talent for good to support the m2m organization in the field of Community Health Workers. She will support the development of an integrated online promotion strategy and plan to strengthen its communication efforts.

Dear daughter, your future is your health

Irene Mayile, Mentor Mother, mothers2mothers

I spend my days educating the community on how to protect their health, so they can make the most of the future ahead of them. On International Day of the Girl Child, the future ahead of our girls is particularly on my mind. I sat down to talk with my daugther, Lindokuhle, to find out her thoughts on the challenges girls face in staying healthy and how health plays into her vision for the future.

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