Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV


In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers — an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving lives.
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About Mitchel

Mitchel Besser became interested in medicine very early in life. In 1971, as an American Field Service exchange student in Cape Town, South Africa, he became aware of the privileges of white society under the apartheid period. Then in 1974, he witnessed the hard life of Africa’s black population when he worked at mission hospitals. Mitch then got his medical degree from Harvard, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. His experience in Africa compelled him to help people in need. He also got a Clinical Pastoral Education which helped him conduct his next charity work by serving Mexican women. Later on he began getting interested in HIV/AIDS, just after the passing of a longtime friend who worked for an obstetrics clinic for pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS. Mitch took over the work of his friend and ended up returning to Africa to help women living with HIV. He then founded mothers2mothers, which is a support organization that focuses on training mothers living with HIV to help other women with the same condition.

 
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Mitchell Besser
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Ron Gutman
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Donald Sadoway
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Jane McGonigal
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Jorge Soto
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Alice Bows-Larkin
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Topher White
Chris Milk
Chris Milk
Yves Behar
Yves Behar
Caleb Chung
Caleb Chung
Nilofer Merchant
Nilofer Merchant
Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor
Astro Teller
Astro Teller
Adam Grant
Adam Grant
Tim Harford
Tim Harford
Jason Fried
Jason Fried
Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
David Logan
David Logan
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Roselinde Torres
Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli
Alex Blumberg
Alex Blumberg
Rochelle King
Rochelle King
Anil Dash
Anil Dash
Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes
Christoph Niemann
Christoph Niemann
Kelly McGonigal
Kelly McGonigal
Joanne Wilson
Joanne Wilson
Oliver Burkeman
Oliver Burkeman
Aaron Dignan
Aaron Dignan
Tony Buzan
Tony Buzan
Tom Chatfield
Tom Chatfield
John Armstrong
John Armstrong
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John-Paul Flintoff
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