This past Sunday, millions of Americans reminded their mothers just how much we love them and how special they are. We thanked them for giving us life and taking care of us every step of the way. Well, over here at CouponPal, we want to thank a special group of moms who have made it their mission to help mothers worldwide.
In a recent post by one of our favorite frugal living, mom-blogger extraordinaires, Dagmar Bleasdale introduced me to mothers2mothers, an organization that several of the web’s most influential moms have joined forces to support – and that’s good for moms everywhere.
Holly Rosen Fink of Culture Mom Media helped to organize the amazing group of bloggers. "Our vision in creating this group of amazing influencers whose voices are heard around the world through their work was two-fold. One of our goals is to educate the general public about an issue many don't know is so prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world," explained a passionate Rosen.
"mothers2mothers is right there on the front line and by joining forces, we can spread their message and help reach people who care and who support their mission of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Our other goal is to empower the women we've brought on board by working directly with an organization dedicated to mother and children. Each influencer was chosen carefully and came aboard with the same interest and goal that we have, which is to use our social media purpose for a purpose."
mothers2mothers, or m2m, formed in 2001 with the mission to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus. The organization currently works in seven Sub-Saharan countries where it uses education to fight disease. m2m trains “Mentor Mothers” to assist doctors and nurses in providing education and counseling to women living with HIV.
According to m2m, over 800 children are newly infected with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa every day – nearly 90% of all new youth infections. Of these children, approximately half die before they reach two-years-old if they do not receive treatment. According to the the World Health Organization, however, the region contains 25% of the global disease burden, but has a shortage of nearly 3.5 million health workers to address the issue. m2m trains Mentor Mothers to fill this gap by giving them the skills to work with medical staffs and increase access to medical treatment.
By teaching mothers carrying HIV about issues including how to take care of themselves and their children, m2m hopes to reduce the number of infants infected with the potentially deadly disease each year and provide families with a higher quality of life. By 2015, the organization hopes to reduce the number of new HIV infections in children by 90% and AIDS-related deaths amongst mothers by 50%. In addition to health issues, the program helps foster better communication and understanding about the virus. For mothers like Edith Nairobi of Uganda, this can be a life-changer.
Edith tested positive for HIV in 2003, but did not want to tell her spouse. Nearly two years after receiving her test results she found herself in the midst of her third pregnancy and carrying a growing urge to share the news of her condition. Edith consulted her m2m counselor who helped her break the news to her husband and establish safe practices for the two to follow at home. Today, she works as a Mentor Mother assisting other moms. mothers2mothers even pays her a salary to help support her family – including three HIV-free children.
By joining forces with m2m, Dagmar and mom bloggers the World Wide Web over aim to raise awareness about an important issue and help families everywhere. We would like to thank these special moms for volunteering their time to support m2m.
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