By: Maria Gotti | Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing Analyst at Enel | May 2nd, 2016

Enel Green Power – Republic of South Africa (EGP RSA) other than developing its business through renewable energies, is committed to certain social development obligations including the development of local communities in the areas near their projects. In South Africa, 30% of pregnant women are HIV+, and 43% of deaths among women and babies are due to HIV.

In collaboration with mothers2mothers (m2m), a South-African NGO, Enel Green Power is implementing a program for the prevention of HIV transmission. m2m’s scalable, high-impact peer approach has been proven by independent researchers to: provide HIV-positive women with the information and the tools they need in order to have a healthy and productive life paying special attention to newborn babies and pregnant women, save money that would have been spent on treatment. The project will be implemented near the photovoltaic power plant under construction at Tom Burke, reaching 13.785 women in the province of Limpopo. This project was selected after a detailed context analysis for identifying the needs shared by local communities and Enel Green Power. It is an actual application of the Creating Shared Value model.

Here m2m trains, employs, and empowers Mentor Mothers, who are mothers living with HIV, to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centers as members of the healthcare team. In one-on-one and group sessions, Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and psychosocial support to other HIV-positive mothers on how they can protect their babies from HIV infection, and keep themselves and their families healthy. Mentor Mothers’ ties to the community and first-hand knowledge of HIV make them highly effective peer mentors.

In the Province of Limpopo the main activities are focused on increasing the access and adherence to health services that prevent mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) of HIV as well as other maternal services for newborn children, for pregnant women and new mothers. In this way empowering women with HIV to live positive, productive and healthy lives.

m2m’s community-based services will also include four visits (over a 6 months period) of a mentor mother to the EGP - Tom Burke Site and provide the employees at the construction site  with group sessions sharing essential health education on how they can protect their families from HIV infection, and keep themselves and their families healthy.

m2m and its Mentor Mother Model advances 6 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that most directly affect women and children’s health, development, and economic security. 

VALUE FOR BUSINESS

Analyze the context and commit to a number of activities aimed at promoting local social and economic development was a requirement to win the tender. This was one of the first projects in which we applied the CSV model since the very initial phase and helped us prevent possible impacts that the disease could have on the plant during E&C and O&M phases.  

VALUE FOR THE STAKEHOLDERS

Decrease the number of babies born with HIV and keep HIV+ pregnant women and mothers healthy. Training and empowering HIV+ Mothers to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centers as members of the healthcare team. This project’s long-term vision is to assist with HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

 

Project Fact Sheet - m2m.pdf