Robin Smalley, Co-Founder of mothers2mothers
After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television director/producer/writer, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers, a Cape Town based NGO providing education, empowerment and suppport for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.
m2m trains and employs local mothers living with HIV as Peer Mentors—community healthcare workers who provide services in understaffed health clinics and communities. These ‘Mentor Mothers’ educate and support women and their families to overcome barriers to medical care, and ensure they receive the medication and health services they need and stay in treatment.
Currently, m2m operates throughout 10 sub-Saharan countries. Since 2001, they have employed almost 12,000 HIV-positive women who have reached more than 14.5 million people with life-changing health services and virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV for the past 8 consecutive years!
As m2m’s first Executive Director, then its Chief Connector, Robin has helped guide the organization through almost twenty years of extraordinary growth. m2m has been recognized as inducing transformational change, establishing itself as an intrinsic part of the health care landscape of sub-Saharan Africa. m2m and Robin have been honored at the White House and have been the recipients of many prestigious awards including the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Ashoka Fellowship, the Global Health Council’s Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award.