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Curamericas Global

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews 1,076

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, International

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

I have been on 2 trips with Curamericas to their project site in Calhuitz, Guatemala. These experiences were life-changing to say the least. What makes Curamericas special is their focus on community-based healthcare solutions. I was amazed at the ways the community was involved in supporting the Casa Materna in whatever ways they could. This created a solution that will last even after Curamericas moves on to another area. The leadership within the Curamericas Global organization is top notch. Each of the trips I participated in were very thoroughly planned and organized. I got an immersive perspective on the work Curamericas was doing, as well as the culture, language, and history of Guatemala. I cannot say enough about the great work Curamericas is doing all around the world.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

With all the tension in the world, projects/organizations like Curamericas bring some sanity to all of us. Curamericans is a model for others to follow and build upon.

 
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Curamericas it's a non profit that uses an approach that I admire. The organization works with existing agencies within countries as a partner to improve maternal child health with a cultural sensitivity that is lacking in other organizations. I believe that by working with local people and agencies the impact is greatly enhanced and chances gradually become part of modified cultural norms. I am hoping to go on a volunteer trip with the group next summer to see first hand the impact.

 
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I am currently a Volunteer at Curamericas Global. As recent transfer student to the public health department on my campus, i had a very vague idea of what i wanted to concentrate on with my degree. After witnessing curamericas implement their different programs and seeing the results, I am more than sure that I want to focus my career in maternal and child health. Thank to Curamericas Global, I more passionate about to career and I am eager to serve the underserved communities globally.

 
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I am currently volunteering at Curamericas Global, and it is the best volunteer experience I have ever had. I am a rising senior in high school, and when I started at Curamericas, I had a vague idea of what I wanted to go to college for. As I learn more about their work and impact, I become more excited and passionate about public health. Every day, I come here and feel like I am making a difference in the lives of mothers and children Curamericas serves.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My classmates and I travelled to Calhuitz, Guatemala with Curamericas Global in 2011. It was truly a mind-opening experience that I will keep with me forever. Andrew Herrera was an excellent leader both in preparing and guiding us. I highly recommend Curamericas. The experience would not have been the same without them.

 
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I went to Guatemala with CurAmericas in August 2014 and it was a phenomenal experience. The trip was well planned and implemented, coordinated by two wonderful coordinators, Jane and Barbara. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn how non-profits operate in different countries. I really love the work CurAmericas does because it is culturally sensitive and leaves planning and implementation to individuals who know the community best. I love how CurAmericas empowers people in different countries to bring about sustainable change.

 
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I have volunteered on three different trips with Curamericas over the years, all to Bolivia. I have found each to be more exhilarating than the last. The organization has done incredible work in Bolivia since it's founding, saving thousands of lives. It is clear that Cuamericas is cherished in Bolivia, and the organization cherishes the people of Bolivia. They make each volunteer feel special and engaged throughout the experience, and to really see first hand the good they are doing there. I look forward to my next opportunity to serve with Cuamericas.

 
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I completed an internship with Curamericas Global lasting two semesters of my graduate program in 2012-13. As an International Relations Master's Candidate, I was encouraged to choose a specialization based on my interests and subsequent coursework. My experience with Curamericas was essential in establishing my specialization in Global Public Health. I was afforded an opportunity to work hands-on with grant research, drafting, and subsequent monitoring and evaluation for programs in Liberia and Guatemala. The staff was supportive and provided constructive criticism which I still find helpful during my current full-time position at an international non-profit. The community-based impact-oriented approach to care and project development, and the great value placed on sustainability are two principals Curamericas reinforced in me, which are now a fundamental part of my own ideology. All-around, it was a great experience working at this non-profit!

 
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My trip to Calhuitz, Guatemala with Curamericas in August 2014 was undoubtedly one of the best volunteer experiences I've ever had. The organization works with - rather than against - its beneficiary population to promote sustainable development, a far cry from the model followed by most NGOs. As a volunteer, Curamericas allowed me to observe and experience the realities of healthcare and development in the developing world, while simultaneously providing a program in fun, informative, and unforgettable cultural immersion.

 
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