SPF Project


Funded by: Kistefos, Norway

Project Coordinator: Alan Wild

Sector: Social & Health

Buffalo City Metro Development Agency provided SPF with funding to undertake a project within Buffalo City. The BCMDA funded project gave SPF the perfect opportunity to undertake the Mentor Mom’s Project. The BCMDA funding, together with the Vitamin Angels provision of Multi-vitamins and the PEPFAR OVC and abused woman project provided the perfect platform for a layered project approach in the Newlands area. 3 sites/clinics were chosen namely Newlands, Thembelethu and Masiphile.

The model implemented was to synergize BCMDA, PEPFAR and Vitamin Angels resources into this Mentor Moms / Newlands / pilot project.  This approach will be more widely seen and implemented in SPF in the foreseeable future if this pilot delivers the expected outcomes.

The Mentor Moms form the basis whereby 3 Mentor Mom facilitators have been recruited from the communities and form the basis/anchor of the Mentor Mom’s pilot project. Pregnant woman or woman with new born babies are recruited into the Mentor Mom support groups in village.

The Mentor Moms are expected to actively lead this group of 15-20 new mothers and pregnant women on a journey of support and care for the first 1000 days of a child’s life, essentially from conception until the child is two years of age.  Participating mothers are rewarded for their active participation in terms of assistance in establishing household gardens and are provided with fresh eggs at regular intervals as a positive incentive if they reach certain project deliverables/milestones.

Multi-vitamins obtained from Vitamin Angels are provided to the pregnant and lactating woman for the project duration.

This Mentor Mom’s project is also being successfully implemented in OR Tambo by Khuzwayo August, the methodology has been obtained from him and his team for use in this pilot and a big thank you to him for this.


·         Mentor Moms attend regularly and their children are thriving.

·         Vitamin Angels an international NGO, has provided multi-vitamins for distribution in hard to reach areas where pregnant and breast feeding woman are not receiving multi-vitamins.

The multi-vitamins are provided to the pregnant and breast feeding woman who have joined the mentor moms project to improve their nutritional status.

·         All participating Mentor Moms have established their own household food gardens and will be receiving their first tray of eggs as a positive reward in about 2 weeks.

·         The PEPFAR OVC project is integrated into the Mentor Mom’s pilot project whereby vulnerable woman and children are supported in terms of assessing appropriate Government support depending on their respective needs through a safety net structure.

·         Two of our Mentor Moms groups are eager to set up two small businesses in the area, the one on food production and the other a sewing enterprise. They are being supported with business skills training.


No challenges have been encountered in this project, the concept of synergising related projects operational in the geographical area of Newlands cannot be deemed a challenge but rather a success.

Activities to be DoneExpected ResultBy when
Capacity Building of Community Health Care Workers (CHWs)

·         3 CHWs trained on the Skills to Care Course Methodology

·         3 CHWs trained on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Neonatal Care, Nutrition and Growth Monitoring, ART Adherence, Perinatal HIV, Exclusive breastfeeding and maternal mental health

·         3 CHWs attend fortnightly in-service training



Community Health Care Worker Interventions

·         3 CHWs allocated families and children to care for and support

·         3 CHWs support women to attend antenatal clinics and access PMTCT and ART

·         3 CHWs ensure children are tested for HIV at appropriate points

·         3 CHWs provide education on exclusive breastfeeding and neonatal care

·         3 CHWs encourage and promote uptake of immunisations

·         3 CHWs follow up with families until milestones are reached and vulnerability decreased

·         3 CHWs working with clinic based nurses to follow-up / trace and refer back defaulting clients and lost-to-follow up back to care




Mentor Mothers Intervention

·         Home-based, action-orientated health interventions done by Mentor Mothers

·         Outcomes monitored by Co-ordinator and Mentor Mothers



Establishment of Wellness Clubs


·         3 Mentor Moms clubs established and function (1per clinic)

·         Each club with a Mentor Mother who will provide guidance to the clubs

·         Club members trained on PMTCT, exclusive breastfeeding, mother care, maternal mental health, growth monitoring, gardening, nutritious food preparation

·         Mentor Mothers provide peer support to other mothers and their babies (comprehensive monthly reports to be submitted).


Capacity Building of Mentor Mothers


·         Mentor Mothers attend initial 6 week training Skills to Care Course

·         Co-ordinator provides in field training

·         Mentor Mothers attend fortnightly in-service training

·         New mothers in the community identified and provided with care and support

·         Mentor Mothers apply “Pay it Forward” concept. Report to be in place


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