Mitch Besser

CEO and Founder, AgeWell Global LLC

Dr. Mitchell Besser is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. His professional career has been dedicated to the public health needs of women living with HIV.

In 2001, Dr. Besser founded mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to educate and support pregnant women and new mothers with HIV; reducing the workload of other health care providers, and increasing the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the number of babies born with HIV and keep mothers healthy and alive to care for their families. mothers2mothers has provided care to more than 1.3 million mothers living with HIV in nine countries in Africa.

Dr. Besser has launched a new program, AgeWell, dedicated to the needs of older persons living in communities. Applying the same peer-to-peer model of support, AgeWell employs and trains enabled, independent older people (AgeWells) to provide companionship and promote well-being and wellness among less able older people. The program has been piloted in two communities in Cape Town and is moving to the U.S.