Sally Osberg, Mitch Besser: How Skoll is Doubling Down on the Mentor Mother InnovationJuly 25, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Our CEO, Sally Osberg, and mothers2mothers’ Dr. Mitch Besser just wrote a Huffington Post piece called, “Born Free: Delivering on the Promise of the Global Plan Towards EMTCT.” (Eliminate Mother to Child Transmission). It’s particularly relevant right now because just yesterday, a panel at the International AIDS Society conference reported on the Global Plan’s progress.
“We think of innovations as new technologies, but in healthcare, innovations are often as simple as a pregnant woman with HIV talking with a similarly-affected peer who has successfully navigated the treatment process. m2m employs mothers living with HIV in hospitals and clinics. Called Mentor Mothers, they assist overburdened doctors and nurses with education and psychosocial support, ensuring that pregnant women and new mothers understand how to care for themselves and their babies. Mentor Mothers promote adherence to medical treatment, birth control, vaccination schedules for babies and breastfeeding. As employed women living with HIV, Mentor Mothers are role models who help overcome the stigma of an HIV diagnosis.”