The GBCHealth Frontline Heroes Award
2012 Winner: Mothers2mothers
The Frontline Heroes in Health Award recognizes on-the-ground health workers who making a difference in people’s lives.
GBCHealth is pleased to join Johnson & Johnson in presenting this year’s award to mothers2mother in honor of its more than 1,500 HIV-positive Mentor Mothers who deliver life-saving information to women who are also HIV-positive.
Founded in 2001 at one site in South Africa, mothers2mothers now reaches approximately 250,000 women a year at almost 600 sites in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The organization trains and employs mothers living with HIV to mentor HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers in health facilities. These Mentor Mothers work side by side with doctors and nurses as paid members of the health care team, supporting women to deliver babies free from HIV/AIDS and educating them so they can stay alive to raise their families. The program has served as a powerful force in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in helping mothers living with HIV stay healthy.
Tlalane Phofoli, a site coordinator at a busy clinic in Maseru, Lesotho, accepted the award at the GBCHealth awards dinner on May 15 from Michael Sneed, vice president, global corporate affairs, Johnson & Johnson.
“I hope for all HIV-positive women to know about preventing mother-to-child transmission like the back of her hand so we can all have HIV-negative babies,” Phofolio said. “For now, we cannot get rid of HIV but we can contribute to a future HIV-free generation.”