Rating: 4.93 stars 15 reviews
Issues: Health, International
Location: 318 W. Millbrook Road Suite 105 Raleigh NC 27609 USA
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
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I have been involved with Curamericas since its beginning. Before its official start I was a member of a fundraising effort in Portland, Maine where Dr. Perry was doing his Residency at Maine Medical Center. In the 30+ years since I have watched it grow from a young man's dream to and internationally respected organization.
Curamericas' unique structure delivers healthcare and health information to people in the Americas, Haiti and Africa. It also trains health workers from the host countries to be partners in their own healthcare. Its concentration on maternal and infant health has lowered death rates for mothers and babies.
Many men and women, young and older, have volunteered to build health centers or provide healthcare afor Curamericas projects. Churches and individuals from all over the USA have provided funds. Many of them have supported the work since the beginning.
As I said before Curamericas has been part of my life for many years. There have been many challenges during those years, but the steadfast belief in it's purpose and the devotion of the founders, staff, volunteers and donors have changed the lives of thousands.