• African NGO mothers2mothers launches in Ghana, thanks to British Airways and Comic Relief

1000’s of Ghanaian youngsters will get a traveling commence to daily life as they and their households get daily life-saving  wellness providers from mothers2mothers (m2m), an African not-for-income organisation.

With funding assistance from British Airways and Comic Relief, twelve regional gals dwelling with HIV have been qualified and are employed by m2m as “Mentor Mothers”.

Doing work from two wellness facilities and in bordering communities in Ashaiman and Atua, these frontline wellness personnel have recently begun to supply crucial wellness providers, schooling and psychosocial assistance to equally HIV-favourable and -destructive gals and their households.

m2m’s providers are designed to assure youngsters get the ideal commence in daily life, which suggests staying born HIV-no cost and receiving an crucial package deal of early childhood advancement (ECD) providers. More than 11,000 gals and youngsters beneath 3 are anticipated to profit in the subsequent two yrs.

“We are delighted that Ghana has come to be the initially West African member of the m2m family, and the ninth nation in which we are functioning,” claimed Frank Beadle de Palomo, m2m’s President and CEO, at a higher-level start celebration in Accra.

“Our local community-led product provides results—we’ve served to just about close mom-to-kid transmission of HIV for our shoppers for five yrs in a row and ninety seven% of all those enrolled in our ECD providers in 2017 attained all of their milestones by their initially birthday. Thanks to British Airways and Comic Relief, we are confident we can enjoy our element to assure a nutritious, flourishing long run in Ghana”, he included.  

m2m’s start in Ghana arrives as the country has shown worldwide leadership by turning out to be the initially nation to undertake the World Health Organization’s (WHO) and UNICEF’s Nurturing Care For Early Childhood Development framework—a new, globally recognised framework for ideal apply in ECD. Even with this, Ghana’s youngest citizens still encounter major problems. Additional than 3,000 new HIV infections ended up recorded between infants and youngsters in 2017,[1] and around a single in four young Ghanaian youngsters lag behind in language, cognitive, physical and socio-emotional advancement[two].

m2m will be tackling these problems by endorsing responsive parenting and nurturing treatment to moms and dads and caregivers of HIV-uncovered and other susceptible young children—addressing aspects this kind of as the value of enjoy, diet, and accessing wellness providers.

To assure comprehensive treatment, these things to do are sent along with other crucial wellness providers, which include avoidance and therapy of HIV and treatment and referrals for family scheduling, cervical cancer screening, and kid immunisation. All this will be attained by functioning in close partnership with regional stakeholders, which include the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Gender and Social Defense, the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Ghana Health Company, and several additional.

Just after going to Ashaiman Polyclinic exterior Accra to see m2m’s get the job done in action, Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and CEO, claimed: ”As a worldwide airline, we carry people alongside one another each day and we are dedicated to having a favourable affect in the communities to which we fly. Our assistance to m2m, through our Traveling Commence partnership with Comic Relief, is a shining instance of what can be attained in Ghana and the other African nations around the world wherever it operates. mothers2mothers definitely is an African accomplishment story and we are quite proud to assistance it.”

Ruth Davison, Interim CEO of Comic Relief, claimed: “mothers2mothers is a amazing instance of an organisation that empowers regional leaders to aid, educate and elevate communities. I am delighted that our funding partnership with BA has served m2m carry its vitally significant providers to Ghana. We are proud to have supported their get the job done around the very last 11 yrs as they have established around ten,000 work for gals dwelling with HIV and enhanced the lives of additional than 11 million gals and young youngsters.”

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About mothers2mothers

mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African NGO that unlocks the possible of gals to create nutritious households and eradicate paediatric AIDS. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower regional gals dwelling with HIV as Mentor Mentors—community healthcare personnel who offer providers in understaffed wellness clinics and communities. Mentor Moms educate and assistance gals and their households to defeat limitations to health-related treatment, and assure they get the treatment and wellness providers they want and continue to be in therapy. From an first aim on blocking mom-to-kid transmission of HIV, these days m2m Mentor Moms offer family- centred assistance from pregnancy and childhood to adolescence. By way of an built-in Early Childhood Development programme, m2m appears to be further than survival to give youngsters the opportunity to prosper, and then provides them with vital information and capabilities in adolescence to protect the subsequent generation from HIV infection.

Considering the fact that m2m started in 2001, it has attained around 11M gals and youngsters beneath two, and established additional than ten,000 work for gals dwelling with HIV. These days, m2m operates throughout 9 sub-Saharan African nations around the world. For additional: m2m.org

About Traveling Commence

Traveling Commence is British Airways worldwide charity partnership with Comic Relief, released in 2010, which focuses on aiding disadvantaged young people have a greater commence in daily life. Traveling Commence has lifted £24m around 9 yrs through onboard donations, sponsored gatherings and problems and served additional than 800,000 people around the earth.

[1] Countdown to 2030, Ghana nation profile, 2019

[two] USAID, Ghanaian Health Staff Embrace Early Childhood Development, 15 June 2018

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