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Dr. Besser recognized the need for an education and psychosocial support program that would contribute to HIV/AIDS service achieving the best medical and social outcomes. To fill this void, he founded mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work in health centers and communities, educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV; increasing the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the number of babies born with HIV and keep mothers healthy and alive to raise their children. Since its inception in 2001, the mothers2mothers has grown to provide services in 400 sites in seven countries in Africa, with nearly 3 million contacts with women each year. Dr. Besser has received Global Health Council's Best Practice Award, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Presidential Citizens Award of the United States Government, and is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.

 

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