Over 70% of the adults we serve are women. Because of this, one of the most important programs that HTH offers is our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV program that helps mothers give birth to healthy, HIV-free babies.
One CHW serves 13 new and expecting mothers and their new babies per year.
Estimated girls & women affected
If each person directly affected by this program spreads the word about the program to one other individuals, then 156 people will be indirectly affected by this program.
Estimated community members affected
In 2014, HTH provided comprehensive care to 1712 adults and 167 children living with HIV/AIDS in the Kara region of Togo, West Africa. Over 70% of the adults we serve are women. Because of this, one of the most important programs that HTH offers is our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV program that helps mothers give birth to healthy, HIV-free babies. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the backbone of our PMTCT program, seeking out new cases and providing home-based peer support to new and expecting mothers. Thanks to your support, 100% of babies born to moms in our program have been born HIV-free over the past three years. Further, CHWs have linked moms in the program to family planning. An astonishing 90% of moms enrolled in our PMTCT program have adopted a family planning method within 12 months.
“In 2002 we didn’t have any hope that an HIV-positive mother could give birth to an HIV-negative child. Today there are women who have had two children, three children and all of their children are negative.” – Elise Warga, Finance Director, AED-Lidaw (Hope Through Health’s community-based Togolese partner organization)
Risks and challenges
HTH has faced some challenges in engaging the male partners of women enrolled in our PMTCT program. However, staff is brainstorming creative ways to increase partner engagement throughout a women’s pregnancy and beyond.
What we’ve learned
HTH is proud to have dedicated CHWs who care deeply about the communities that they serve. Our CHW program has demonstrated that providing home-based support and linking mothers to healthcare works and helps makes moms and babies healthier. We would love to expand our CHW program further to reach even more new and expecting moms.
HTH is excited to continue working with our partners, the Togolese Ministry of Health and AED-Lidaw, to ensure that mothers and children in Togo have timely access to high quality healthcare.
Hope Through Health did not have major variations from our projected budget.
Amount spent so far
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Healthy mothers and babies!
May 6, 2014
We provide comprehensive HIV care to 1,743 patients, 70% of whom are women. Hope through Health offers a Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program to help expecting mothers give birth to healthy, HIV-free babies. As part of this program and thanks to your support, Community Health Workers have been actively finding cases and providing home-based peer support to expecting and new moms. Over the past two years, 100% of babies born through this program have tested HIV-free. This shows that Community Health Workers are effective in enrolling and maintaining pregnant moms in care, leading to positive health outcomes.
Risks and challenges
We recently restructured our Health Workers program, which led to temporary reductions in the number of patients visited. However, the new program has streamlined the process of prioritizing patients for care and assigning new patients to Health Workers, allowing us to increase our impact.
“We have the tools at our disposal to help women, mothers live longer, more productive lives. We have the capacity to ensure that no new child is born with HIV. These are not goals that we aspire to. These are moral imperatives that we must achieve.” - Kevin Fiori, MD, MPH Co-founder and Clinical Director, Hope Through Health
Hope through Health will continue to prioritize care for pregnant women and children. In 2015, we hope to expand services from HIV/AIDS care to general maternal and child healthcare. We look forward to sharing more progress with you!
Help us fund a Community Health Worker (CHW) in Togo, who will provide invaluable support and hope to pregnant women with HIV.
Why we care: The likelihood of HIV transmission from a mother to her child is less than 2% with the right care. In 2011, only 30% of eligible women in the northern Kara region of Togo, West Africa received such care.
How we're solving this: The use of Community Health Workers (CHWs) have proven to increase enrollment in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs. By deploying a network of CHWs to provide home-based peer support to expecting and new moms living with HIV, we hope to make the dream of an HIV-free generation a reality.
Your support will fund one CHW, who will conduct regular home visits to answer questions, listen to concerns, follow up on missed appointments and encourage partner support. For a year’s worth of salary, trainings, and materials, our CHW will be able to visit 13 new and expecting moms on a weekly basis. This home-based peer-to-peer program aims to increase enrollment and completion rates of PMTCT programs in order to prevent new infant HIV infections.
In the words of one former PMTCT participant, "when a mother learns that her child is HIV negative, she is overjoyed. She gains weight, becomes healthier and no longer worries. The fear she had disappears and she finds hope for the future."
Our goal is for all women to experience this exceptional joy. Please help us achieve this!