The Horizons program of Population Council, in collaboration with Health Systems Trust, completed the first evaluation of mothers2mothers (m2m) as part of its introduction in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. It is the first external evaluation that provides quantitative evidence about the role of the well-known m2m program in complementing services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). m2m is a peer support program that aims to provide education and psychosocial support to HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers, help women access existing health care, and follow up with mothers and babies to ensure they receive appropriate medical care after delivery. The study examined what contribution peer support can make toward improving psychosocial well-being among HIV-positive women, uptake of PMTCT services, and PMTCT knowledge and behaviors. The evaluation shows that a peer support program is effective in helping HIV-positive women adhere to PMTCT recommendations.
Baek, Carolyn, Vuyiswa Mathambo, Sibongile Mkhize, Irwin Friedman, Louis Apicella, and Naomi Rutenberg. 2007. "Key findings from an evaluation of the mothers2mothers program in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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