mothers2mothers is an NGO whose mission is to impact the health of mothers by putting them at the heart of improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. mothers2mothers trains and employs Mentor Mothers to work alongside nurses and doctors to provide education and support for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV so they make healthy choices for themselves and their families. The three main goals that drive mothers2mothers’ work and are critical to achieving their mission are: preventing babies from contracting HIV through mother-to-child transmission, keeping mothers with HIV and their babies healthy, and empowering mothers living with HIV. The organization operates in 7 countries and currently serves over 275,000 HIV positive pregnant women and new mothers throughout the world.
The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2000 to provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. mothers2mothers advances four of the eight MDGs that most directly affect Women’s and Children’s Health, including: Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Reducing Child Mortality, Improving Maternal Health, and Combating HIV/AIDS.
Co-founder and international director Robin Smalley is a former television producer (Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous). She moved from Los Angeles, California to Capetown, South Africa to become mothers2mothers’ first Executive Director. She returned to the United States in 2005 to assume her new role as international director.