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Meet Robin Smalley

Hi, I'm Robin Smalley. I'm the International Director and Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Mothers2Mothers. We work with pregnant women and new moms who were HIV positive in Sub-Saharan Africa., helping them to have children who are not HIV positive, helping them stay alive to raise their babies and to fight stigma in townships, in villages, in communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. I have two teenage daughters myself and a husband and a dog and we all moved to Cape Town when I started this organization. I don’t have a lot of hobbies. Unfortunately, I don’t have time and there’s really nothing else I'd rather be doing than exactly what I'm doing and trying to work with my kids to get them involved as well. I'm very grateful for this opportunity to share Mothers2Mothers with you. I think as a parent, there’s nothing more important than leaving the world a better place for our children and I think getting rid of pediatric AIDS, making that a thing of the past is just about the most important thing I can do and I'm really excited to share it with you.
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Robin Smalley

Parent with a Purpose & Co-Founder of mothers2mothers

After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, 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. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first executive director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating in more than 400 sites in seven African countries and employing nearly 1,000 HIV-positive mothers. m2m has been honored at the White House, is the recipient of the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award. Robin is married to architect Jeffrey Smalley and has two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. She continues to maintain membership in the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. 

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