When we set up this blog, we saw an opportunity to do something good. We realised that by having a platform we could communicate to our followers about whatever we liked – what a responsibility and privilege that is.
It got me thinking how lucky I am to have a healthy baby, to live in a civil, developed country where running water and nappies are as easy to come by as a Starbucks, and how grateful I am for all of that.
I have seen first hand those less lucky. Many years ago I was on a field trip to South Africa where I visited a mothers2mothers project to see children affected by HIV. It was a heartbreaking and sobering experience. My business partner is also from South Africa, so when we started talking about doing something in social responsibility, the charity sprang to mind.
For those of you that don’t know them – mothers2mothers is a South African based charity that trains, employs and empowers ‘Mentor Mothers’ living with HIV, to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centres as part of their team. These brave women offer one-on-one help to other Mums, helping to share knowledge on how they can prevent passing on HIV to their babies and keeping their families healthy.
And although significant progress has been made over the last decade to eliminate pediatric AIDS, each day almost 600 children become infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Of these almost all of them (90%) acquiring it from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Effective and inexpensive medical interventions are available that can keep mothers and babies healthy. Without these interventions, up to 40% of infants born to HIV-positive mothers will contract the virus. With treatment, that number can be reduced to 2%.
When you have a baby, it’s true that your perspective shifts. It’s like a new emotion has been unlocked in you, and suddenly the thought of any other Mother having to go through heartache or pain is an unbearable thought. If we can even make one more person aware of this great charity and the work they do, then we have achieved success.
We have chosen mothers2mothers as the Milk Drunk Diary’s international charity of the year for 2015. This means that we will bring you stories, news and campaigns that you might be able to help with, or create some awareness, if not funds for.
We too hope, as our brand grows, that we can do more in the way of fundraising.
For now though, we will keep you posted on all their news, and hope that you will join us in helping other Mothers and babies, have a better life.
You can keep up to date with the charity, or donate at m2m.org