Africa’s health systems are under tremendous strain. According to the World Health Organization, the continent has a shortage of 4.2 million healthcare workers, and by 2030 that figure will increase to 6.1 million. As a result, there are significant challenges to ensuring those who need healthcare can access services, remain in care and adhere to their treatment.
This is a major contributor to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa where over 400 children are infected with HIV each day, and nearly 7,000 adolescent girls and young women infected globally each week, the majority of whom live in the region.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. They employ, train and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities and at understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need, are linked to the right clinical services and are supported on their treatment journey. Their work has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, created thousands of jobs, and given health and hope to some of the most marginalized in communities across 10 African countries.
Frank Beadle de Palomo is the president and chief executive officer of mothers2mothers. He has over 26 years of experience in the global health community that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, domestic and global care, research and advocacy. Before joining m2m as CEO in 2012, Frank was senior vice president and director of the Global Health, Population and Nutrition Group at FHI 360. Previously, Frank was senior vice president and director of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where he re-established the organization as a leader in global AIDS programs. He also created and directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion in the U.S.
Tune into the interview with Frank and click through the corresponding slideshow to the left… (Photos courtesy of mothers2mothers.)