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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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2 people found this review helpful

Curamericas offers a hand-up for marginalized populations across the globe. I was privileged to take part in a recent trip to the Guatemalan Highlands for a maternal and infant health project. Saving the lives of mothers keeps the family intact and ultimately helps the community in a very systemic way. The work they do is life changing not only for the people of Guatemala, but for those that travel with them as well.

 
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As an intern with Curamericas Global during the Spring 2016 semester, I really enjoyed working on meaningful projects with all staff members. Everyone on staff was passionate about the organization and strived to improve maternal and child health, as well as other program areas, in the regions where they worked. It was a great experience with dedicated staff with a passion for progress!

 
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I was fortunate enough to go on a recent volunteer trip to Guatemala with Curamericas. It's one thing to make a monetary donation and see photos of what the money is doing, it's another to experience first hand what the money is doing. Curamericas is doing great work in some of the most isolated and desperate areas in the world. Saving women and babies' lives before/during/after birth is happening in these remote places because of Curamericas work with the local communities. They respect the beliefs and traditions of the locals and let the locals take the lead on making the health clinics their own. The staff at the clinics were very grateful for the support from donors and volunteers. There is great pride and ownership in the community for the health clinics and the lives they are saving. The staff in the US at Curamericas puts their hearts and souls into their work as well. I am a firm believer in lifting up others and Curamericas Global is doing just that.

 
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I had the privilege of joining Curamericas on a volunteer trip to Guatemala in August 2016. I was humbled and inspired by their meaningful efforts. They have set out an ambitious (some might even think unattainable) objective: to lift the health of new mothers, their infants, and their children in the places with the highest infant mortality rates in world. On the trip, I saw firsthand that they were succeeding. Progress will necessarily come incrementally. But Curamericas is moving, and will continue to move, their partner communities in the right direction. A particularly impressive aspect of Curamericas efforts is that they do not impose what they perceive as “right”. Rather, they begin only after being asked to participate by entire communities. The efforts are organized by people, and the ownership of those communities in the process makes the possibility of continued success seem real.

 
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When seeking opportunities to further my experience and knowledge in Women's Public health, I discovered Curamericas' Global. I began volunteering during my first year as an MPH graduate student. The knowledge I have acquired regarding global health, women's health, child health and serving under-served populations has enhanced my current studies and will positively impact and contribute to my future global health career. I have been collaborating with compassionate and focused Curamericas' team members. I am inspired by their dedication to mitigate suffering, as well as their data driven results of improving health in under-served communities around the globe. I have enjoyed my experience as a Curamericas' volunteer and would love to be more involved in the future on a service trip abroad or during my graduate school internship.

 
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I feel so lucky to be having the opportunity to intern at Curamericas Global, learning from dedicated staff members who truly care for maternal and child health in neglected communities. What I find most unique about Curamericas are evidence-based, data-driven projects that they are proven to be making difference and improving the lives of mothers and children in developing countries. As a student studying in Global Health, I hope more students can volunteer and learn about Curamericas Global and expand their knowledge.

 
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When I learned about Curamericas, I felt an instant connection. Growing up in South America I have seen a lot of poverty in my country. I've seen mothers and children living in such precarious conditions in areas with no running water or electricity and just a cardboard over their heads as a roof. As a mother now, I can't imagine living in such living conditions and facing all these difficulties every day. Reading about what Curamericas does in poor communities all over the world, it touched my heart, so I became a volunteer five months ago. The staff and interns at Curamericas are remarkable people. They are kind, generous, genuine, hardworking people. I'm so honor to be part of this organization.

 
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I have the honor of being a current intern at Curamericas Global. The staff here is so incredibly dedicated and passionate about the amazing work that Curamericas does. I even worked along side other students to start a Curamericas Club at my college because I so strongly support the work that they do. Curamericas' approach to community-based health care is innovative and inspiring. The idea of helping a community become self-sustainable rather than just bringing in healthcare for a week or two and then leaving the community where it started, is something that I had not heard of until working alongside Curamericas. I cannot wait to see what amazing work they do in the future.

 
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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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