1) There is a shortage of 4.2 million frontline healthcare workers on the African Continent, according to the World Health Organization 2) HIV/AIDS is stigmatized in many communities throughout the world. 3) Women are marginalized in many communities in the countries where m2m operates. 4) Clients are disinclined to seek treatment or adhere to treatment from healthcare workers who don't appear to have a direct connection to them.
1) Since our founding, m2m has hired over 10,000 women living with HIV as community health workers. 2) This innovation not only serves to reduce stigma, but enable the women we hire to overcome the challenges associated with living with HIV and empower themselves economically, en route to becoming leaders in their communities. 3) By employing women as frontline health workers, we are shifting the traditional paradigm of men being the primary source of income in families, and providing opportunities for women to empower themselves through education and employment. 4) By only hiring women living with HIV, they are likelier to form a peer-to-peer connection with their clients, which increases the likelihood that a client will gain access to the care they need and adhere to their prescribed treatment plan.