Mother Mentor/Mother Support Group Strategy for Expansion of Peer Support for Mothers Living with HIV


Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) began integrating mother mentors with a Mother Support Group (MSG) into national HIV programing in 2005 to address the special needs of HIV-positive pregnant and postpartum women and their children.

The strategy of the USAID initiative, Ethiopia Network for HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, & Support (ENHAT-CS) program, implemented by MSH, for supporting mother mentors builds on the model of the Ethiopia MSG National Curriculum, which itself is partially based on the model of the South Africa mothers2mothers (m2m) program.

The ENHAT-CS program currently supports mother mentors with an MSG at 85 government health centers (HCs) in Amhara and Tigray. Over time, the mother mentor program in these program supported sites has evolved in response to emerging issues around prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), antenatal care (ANC), maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and pediatric HIV. This document describes the current model being implemented in the ENHAT –CS supported sites. &;