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Curamericas Global

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Address:

318 W. Millbrook Road Suite 105 Raleigh NC 27609 USA

Mission:

Curamericas Global partners with underserved communities to make measurable and sustainable improvements in their health and well-being.

Results:

In Bolivia, the Curamericas project reduced child mortality rates by an average of 62% in six years. After one year since construction was completed and the Maternity Center opened to serve families in Guatemala, 30% of all births in the community are taking place in its safe facilities. Nurses and midwives are trained to aid in safe deliveries and to appropriately respond in emergency situations. After only one year of work in Haiti, we have provided services to more than 10,000 women providing treatment and prevention services for HIV/AIDS. Our Nehnwaa Child Survival Project in Liberia records zero maternal deaths since our project began in 2008. In a country where the lifetime risk of death due to pregnancy is 400 times as high as the U.S., this is a terrific achievement by the local health teams.

Target demographics:

Mothers and children under the age of five in countries with high maternal and child mortality rates; women of reproductive age in Haiti

Geographic areas served:

Guatemala, Liberia, Haiti, Bolivia

Programs:

Curamericas Global partners with underserved communities to make measurable and sustainable improvements in their health and wellbeing. For over thirty years, we have worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa to alleviate suffering from treatable and preventable causes. Our past and current projects in Guatemala, Haiti, and Liberia have served communities with some of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world, confronting conditions that include malnutrition, pneumonia, malaria, and complications from child birth. We believe passionately in the community and family foundations of health. Our projects build the capacity of communities and families to improve their own health. Therefore, our projects always empower women and girls, recognizing that a mother is the child’s first doctor, and the surest predictor of a child’s health is the education level of his/her mother. Curamericas Global utilizes community-based education and prevention interventions in order to address different health problems relating to maternal and child health in underserved communities in Latin America and West Africa, and delivers these strategies using Curamericas’ Community-Based, Impact-Oriented (CBIO) model in combination with the Care Group and Positive Deviance methodologies. The CBIO approach involves: (a) Community mobilization to cement good relations and secure community buy-in and ownership; (b) Conducting a census and health assessment of each community; (c) drawing maps, enumerating households, and creating a Community Register of every beneficiary by household; (d) establishing Community Health Committees (CHCs) and helping the CHCs develop a Community Diagnosis describing the community’s health challenges and a Community Health Plan describing how the project and the community will work based on both epidemiologically-driven health objectives and community perceived health priorities; (e) using the Community Registers to monitor coverage of key services to ensure equitable services to all and that those most in need are served; (f) methodically locating and making targeted home visits through Routine Home Visitation (RHV) to those most in need; and (g) utilizing a continuous health surveillance system that allows staff to tailor service delivery and engage in continuous quality improvement. This involves the capturing of vital events – new pregnancies, births, and deaths - that give us the unique capacity to track and detect actual project impact and measure changes in maternal and child mortality rather than a sample. The Care Group methodology involves recruiting and training mother peer educators called Care Group Volunteers. Each Care Group Volunteer is assigned eight to twelve neighboring households and brings to these households, via group meetings or home visitation, life-saving Behavior Change Communication (BCC) delivered in the local language and utilizing proven methods of adult education for non- or semi-literate audiences. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to the importance of antenatal and post-partum care and health facility deliveries; recognizing and responding to danger signs in pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum; prevention and care-seeking for malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia; and proper nutrition for pregnant women and children, as well as immunization adherence. In this manner, health education penetrates to every household. In addition, the CGVs are the project’s “eyes and ears” and report to project staff vital events so field staff can respond with timely services and to enable the unique surveillance capability described above. The Positive Deviance model identifies healthy children (“positive deviants”). The mothers of these children are then interviewed in order to find out how better health was achieved, and thereby what locally available and affordable foods can be used.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My experience with Curamericas Global far exceeded my expectations. As an intern, I was exposed to their internal and external non-profit operations and was thoroughly impressed by the efficient, economical, and professional balance maintained to maximize impact of their efforts. I cannot say enough about the dedicated staff whom I've had the pleasure of working with. They are extremely knowledgeable about global health and are not only mindful of interns' growth as professionals through relevant work assignments, but work towards growth and improvement for Curamericas Global as a whole. This non-profit not only provided me with amazing learning opportunities, but also admirable mentors and career goals of high standards to strive for. I highly recommend anyone become involved with Curamericas and their mission in any way they can whether it be to volunteer, intern, or donate.

 
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I have had the amazing opportunity to intern along side the dedicated staff at Curamericas. This is an amazing nonprofit that is committed to doing the work they say they do. Not only do they work tirelessly at the domestic level, but they are constantly working to develop their many project sites internationally. They are open to growth, honest, and a great resource for anyone looking to explore the Public Health field.

 
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In April of 2016, I had the privilege of accompanying Curamericas Global on a leadership trip to Guatemala. Participating in the leadership trip, as opposed to working at one project site, allowed me to travel to different regions of the country and learn about the cultural and social issues that help and/or hinder the implementation of improved health services and access. This allowed me to fully realize the importance of the community-centered approached that Curamericas uses in different regions of the country. By embracing the local traditions in Guatemala’s highlands, Curamericas was able to shift the negative opinion of those communities towards medical facilities, resulting in a huge increase of mothers choosing to have their children in maternity clinics. Many women we met with said that 100% of the women in their community now give birth in maternity clinics rather than their home.

Countless organizations provide facilities and supplies to communities in need, what makes Curamericas Global unique is their focus on empowering local women through education. Curamericas trains a handful of women in basic health practices to take back to their communities. These women conduct training with other women who lead monthly meetings with small groups of mothers on infant care. When we met with groups of mothers, they told us they consistently attend the monthly meetings because they have seen this education reduce infant deaths in their communities. Walking into maternity clinics and seeing young women who not only have a thorough understanding of maternal and infant healthcare, but demonstrated this to us through numerous charts and graphs demonstrating the success of their work, was really incredible. If Curamericas left Guatemala tomorrow, the knowledge these women possess and continue to share with new mothers in their communities would remain. In my opinion, that is the mark of a successful outreach organization and it was such a pleasure to get to see this success firsthand.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Curamericas is an amazing organization! It has a history of doing great work, and everyone is so kind and helpful. I am so glad I started volunteering!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Curamericas is a great nonprofit with an even better mission. But what makes Curamericas unique is not just their mission but their method. The CBIO (Community based impact oriented) methodology is one that gets the communities that they help involved in creating solutions to their problems versus just being spoon fed help that doesn't target the roots of the problem. Curamericas does great work and I look forward to working with them in the future as well.

 
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I have been interning with Curamericas for a few months now and absolutely love the work and the people in the organization. Curamericas is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children and it shows in all they do!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Curamericas is a great organization with a great mission.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that works to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of women and children in forgotten communities. As I explored options for supporting a non-profit with a mission that brings attention to the human rights to which all women and girls are entitled, Curamericas' unique Community-Based, Impact-Oriented (CBIO) methodology stood out. By educating and training community members and collecting long-term data, our work today becomes a legacy to benefit the girls and women of tomorrow.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I've been involved with Curamericas for 15 years, beginning as a volunteer to a project site in Bolivia. Since that time I have made many return volunteer trips to Bolivia and also to West Africa. As a board member for the past 5 years I have only deepened my appreciation for the work of the organization and the long-term sustainability of the projects. The focus is women and children and community interventions which can be sustained by the community on an ongoing basis. Curamericas partners with local health care providers - increases their capacity and empowers them for sustained growth. Lives are saved and communities strengthened for change on a global basis.

 
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The work of Curamericas in Guatemala, Liberia and other developing areas of the world is amazing. I found the reaction of local communities striking. The interest of these remote communities in having Curamericas work with local partners to promote health for women and children among their populations validates the effectiveness of Curamericas and the public health professionals saving lives through their work with this organization.

 
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