Working with peer mothers to improve retention of mother-baby pairs in care
Engagement of peer mothers to support retention of mother-baby pairs in care, as well as to support newly diagnosed HIV positive pregnant women to remain in care during antenatal care (ANC) is a relatively new concept in the Northern region of Uganda. Two key emerging roles of the peer mothers include coordination of the HIV positive mothers’ savings groups and the involvement of male partners in care. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project has engaged health facilities to identify peer mothers, incorporated them on to the facility quality improvement (QI) teams, streamlined their roles, and supported them to monitor indicators. This one-page document describes ASSIST’s experience and includes criteria for selecting peer mothers and defines their role.