M4F is the program which supports mothers who do sex work by providing a safe place to meet, organize, and access support.
M4F is the program that began in 2013, which supports mothers who do sex work by providing a safe place to meet, organize, and access support as well as to build skills and share knowledge. M4F utilizes a holistic approach to address these issues women sex workers face. M4F addresses a number of needs which include: health needs, legal issues, lack of social support and lack of emotional support. M4F seeks to ensure a mother and child’s overall well- being by not focusing on the health issues a woman faces but the emotional problems that comes with being a woman, mother and sex worker. This is a programme that has been completely conceptualized, coordinated and controlled by a group of mothers whose primary source of income is sex work
The M4F programme has identified a number of objectives, these are:
- Basic healthcare services, referrals, and education through home visits; pre-natal care; highlight the importance, methods, and locations, to access safe family planning
- Educate mothers on their human rights; refer mothers to legal support and assist with necessary applications; assist with relevant social development grants; safe child care techniques and link mothers to appropriate facilities / services
- Psychosocial support to mothers and encourage community to embrace mothers who are sex workers and their children
- Advocate for a comprehensive sexual reproductive health package; support children of sex workers infected and affected by HIV/AIDS