June 2018: Launch of advocacy brief about our work in 2017
We are very happy to share an advocacy brief about the 4MNet work during 2017 and beyond. Click here to see it.
4MNet Poster at BHIVA/BASHHIV Spring Conference gains award
We are happy to announce that our poster at this conference was singled out for oral presentation and an award. To read more and view the poster, click here.
4MNet – National Network of Women living with HIV who are Mentor Mothers 2018
Thanks to funding from MAC AIDS Fund, we are really pleased to announce that the 14 Mentor Mothers trained in the workshop described below have now formed the new 4MNet National Network of Women living with HIV who are Mentor Mothers.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, the women are happy to share with you some of their powerful writing from the workshop last October. You can access this inspiring compilation here.
4M Training of Trainers Workshop 2017
Following on from the 8 regional workshops across the UK in 2016, we were glad to receive funding from ViiV Healthcare, to conduct a national Training of Trainers workshop. This brought together 14 of the trained ‘mentor mothers’ from across to the UK to Manchester in October 2017. To view a storify of the 4 day workshop, click here.
Angelina Namiba talked about the 4M project at the THET Conference in October 2017. To view her presentation, click here.
Estelle, one of the Mentor Mothers trained in the October 2017 workshop, presented a poster about our 2016 4M work at the European AIDS Conference Society in October 2017. To view the poster, click here.
Thank you to Positively Mindful for the beautiful new logo!
Project Background 2016
Salamander Trust is delighted that we were funded by the MAC AIDS Fund to deliver up to 8 regional training workshops (outside London) in 2016, for women living with HIV who became ‘Mentor Mothers’.
Women living with HIV were trained and skilled up as ‘Mentor Mothers’ to support other women living with HIV, around them. Each training has been delivered over 2 days.
The trained ‘Mentor Mothers’ are then able to support expectant mothers (and those planning to conceive) to feel that they are in the driving seat in relation to these 4 issues.
The project is led by a Steering Group, which includes healthcare clinicians and women living with HIV.
To view our poster which won “highly commended” at the British HIV Association Conference in April 2017, click here.
To view three summary slides about the programme, click here.
To read a presentation given by Angelina on stigma and language to the HIV Nurses Network in April 2017, click here.
To read about our 4M+ work with colleagues in Kenya and Uganda, click here.
The aims are to train the participants in the following knowledge, so that they can each support an average of 5 other women living with HIV as they go through the pregnancy journey.
Participants gain an understanding and/or enhance their knowledge and skills around:
- Preconception Planning: basics of HIV, preventing onward and vertical transmission; safer conception/what to consider if/when planning to conceive
- Pregnancy: what happens during pregnancy; BHIVA guidelines/interventions to prevent onward transmission; how to apply these at a personal level/strategies around talking to significant others about HIV
- Delivery: Available options and when which would be suitable/making informed choices around Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
- Aftercare: For both the woman and her baby/the importance of staying engaged in health and social care services before/during and after delivery.
- Creative Writing/Peer support: To give participants a safe and creative space in which to explore, share and reflect upon their experiences of living with HIV; as well as to explore, enhance and reinforce their role as effective ‘Mentor Mothers’, through creative writing exercises.
Each training session has included at least 5 participants. The whole training is conducted in a highly interactive participatory way.
Practicalities – basics for organisations or clinics interested in taking up the training for their volunteers, patients or patient representatives.
Organisations were asked to:
- identify a minimum of 5 (or a few more if applicable), women living with HIV – who have either been diagnosed antenatally or have had a baby after diagnosis – who would be willing to attend the two day training.
- provide a training room and refreshments for the trainees and local transport costs, where needed.
- continue supporting and where relevant, refer women living with HIV, in need of support, to the trained ‘Mentor Mothers’.
- Has provided 2 trainers: Angelina Namiba and Nell Osborne to facilitate the 2 day training
- Has met travel, accommodation etc. costs for the trainers
Workshop Dates. The following workshops have all now been completed:
3 February Hertfordshire University Midwife training (HIV and Pregnancy)
12 February Between the Sheets (HIV and Pregnancy headlines), Liverpool Community NHS Trust/ Sahir House
7 April Pregnancy Journey Body & Soul, London
13/14 April George House Trust, Manchester 4M 2day
25/26 April Faith in People, Leicester 4M 2 day
29 April Hertfordshire University 2nd Year Midwifery students (HIV and Pregnancy)
24 May THT South & Home Counties. HIV and pregnancy workshop for midwives, student midwives & antenatal nurses
9/10 June Bournemouth Body Positive 4M 2 day
13/14 June Cardiff 4M 2 day
[20/21 June AB+ Birmingham 4M 2 day Sadly cancelled owing to AB+ closure]
7/8 July Sussex Beacon 4M 2 day
16/17 August BHA Leeds Skyline 4M 2 day
25/26 August Hwupenyu Health & Wellbeing Project, Glasgow 4M 2 Day
14/15 September Faith in People, Leicester 4M 2 Day
17/18 October Positive East, Outer London 4M 2 Day
Related files – to see a presentation about:
- telling your child you have HIV, click here
- the power of peer support through this project, click here
- HIV and pregnancy: the headlines, click here
- language and stigma, click here
- Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in Pregnancy, click here
For more information about the project, please contact:
Angelina Namiba – anamiba15 @ gmail dot com
Alice Welbourn – alice @ salamandertrust dot net
* Thanks to Aditi Sharma and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition of the use of this great name!