Striving to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies in Kenya

A HIV-positive mother and her new born baby at  JoTRH, Kenya

A HIV-positive mother and her new born baby at  JoTRH, Kenya

A nurse prepares to administer  antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

A nurse prepares to administer  antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

Empowered mothers nuture healthy families
— mothers2mothers, m2m.org
A baby recieving antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

A baby recieving antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

On our recent trip to Kenya with Comic Relief we spent time at a number of different projects. Today I am sharing a visit to one of the busiest hospitals in Kisumu, Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referal Hospital (JoTRH) where mothers2mothers works. mothers2mothers uses a simple and effective model to prevent the spread of HIV from mothers to babies. They employ, train and empower mothers living with HIV, who work as Mentor Mothers in health centres and provide lifesaving education and one on one support to HIV-positive women and new mothers. The transmission of the HIV virus from mother to baby is preventable and with the right support, rates can be reduced from 45% to about 5%.

New Born Unit . JoTRH, Kenya

New Born Unit . JoTRH, Kenya

mothers2mothers believes in the power of mothers to end paediatric AIDS.
This baby has just received antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

This baby has just received antiretroviral drugs at  JoTRH, Kenya

£30 could provide m2m services to one pregnant woman living with HIV in Kenya through her pregnancy and for at least the first six months of her babies life
Hospital sheets hanging out to dry at  JoTRH, Kenya

Hospital sheets hanging out to dry at  JoTRH, Kenya

 JoTRH, Kenya

 JoTRH, Kenya

We train, employ, and empower mothers living with HIV to bring health and hope to other mothers, their families, and communities.
— mothers2mothers, m2m.org
Mentor Mothers

Mentor Mothers

Dorcas, who you see on the left is a 'Mentor Mother', a HIV positive mother who has been trained to provide peer education and support to other women with HIV to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their babies. The transmission of the HIV virus from mother to baby is preventable and with the right support, rates can be reduced from 45% to about 5%.

m2m's Mentor Mothers are uniquely positioned to complement clinical and NACS interventions at this hospital that we visited, seamlessly blending in with to the hospital staff we could tell that they were a much needed and integral part of mothers and babies care. NACS is an approach which includes nutritional assessment, counselling and support, addressing the vunerability of mothers and babies during the 1000 days between conception and a child's second birthday. This time frame has the potential to have the largest positive impact on a child's nutrition and is critical for a baby with a HIV-positive mother.

Child Weight checks at JoTRH, Kenya

Child Weight checks at JoTRH, Kenya

Child Weight checks at JoTRH, Kenya

Child Weight checks at JoTRH, Kenya

A father waits with his twins at a clinic at JoTRH, Kenya

A father waits with his twins at a clinic at JoTRH, Kenya

Where the blood samples go to be tested for HIV at JoTRH, Kenya

Where the blood samples go to be tested for HIV at JoTRH, Kenya

A father getting involved at the clinic at JoTRH, Kenya

A father getting involved at the clinic at JoTRH, Kenya

m2m Mentor Mothers educating a group of expectant mothers

m2m Mentor Mothers educating a group of expectant mothers

In May 2014, Comic Relief awarded a grant for £966,849 over three years to mothers2mothers to implement a project to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV. The money raised since the first Red Nose Day has helped over 3 million people affected by HIV. That's a mind blowing figure but there's still work good work to be done.

Please consider supporting Red Nose Day this year, from buying a Red Nose to doing something funny for money or joining Team Honk at the Red Nose Day Danceathon on Sunday 8th March, details on how to join us to dance about to save lives can be found here. Alternatively you can sponsor my dancing efforts here.

Finally a huge thank you to Betfair, for sponsoring me a super £150 for taking part  in the Danceathon, a jolly good show I'm sure you'll agree!