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Curamericas Global

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, International, International Development, Nonprofit Management, Public Health

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.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alexa A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning at Curamericas for about 3 months now and this experience has been rewarding in multiple ways. I have learned the impact Curamericas makes on the underdeveloped communities that they partner with. Being a huge advocate for sustainable healthcare, I loved being an intern here because of how much Curamericas provides sustainability to the communities they work in. Being able to see first hand what Curamericas provides to these underserved communities is an indescribable feeling. As my internship is coming to an end, I can say I am so grateful I got the opportunity to be here and help make such an impact!

Witnessa T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is a nonprofit works to provide hope through health by improving the health and wellness of women and children in underserved communities around the world. Over the 2 months I have spent interning at Curamericas I have witnessed first hand how passionate and driven the volunteers and staff are to reducing high maternal and child death around the world. This organization has made significant positive contributions to improving maternal care in countries such as, Guatemala, Liberia, Kenya, Haiti, Bolivia and Sierra Leone. I am proud to have worked at such an amazing organization.

KC A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Curamericas for 2 weeks, and I can definitely say I've learned a lot. Curamericas is definitely driven to save the lives of women and children in underprivileged countries by providing them with health care, and it was amazing learning that. I loved interning with them because although I'm only a rising senior, I was able to help out with so many things. I helped with the website, did inventory, while also learning about the company at large. If you are looking to work with a company that truly believes in what they're doing, I definitely recommend Curamericas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Interned at Curamericas for two weeks during the early June as a high school junior and I enjoyed it so much, I'm considering coming back late in the summer to intern again or just help out. Curamericas is really dedicated to global health but also sustainability. They make sure the projects that they initiate can be continued by the respective communities and actually answer the needs of the people rather than what other think the community needs are. I found myself absolutely fascinated by the work I did and its honestly made me reconsider my college plans. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a passion for service and public health.

Catherine C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern at Curamericas Global and it has been an amazing experience! Every day I come in excited to work on our current projects/events/etc. The team of interns and staff at Curamericas are so passionate about helping others and making a true difference around the world. The work that Curamericas does in underserved countries is amazing and inspiring. I am so thankful I was given this opportunity to be around such life-changing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've really enjoyed my internship experience at Curamericas Global. Their work and mission perfectly aligns with both my values and professional public health interests in maternal and child health, and I've been able to both lend some professional skills to some of my internship tasks while honing new ones. This experience has genuinely enhanced my MPH education by providing me with many opportunities to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a practical way. The Curamericas staff are great supervisors and help interns learn to accomplish their tasks well, and the community of volunteers that provides hours of support to the organization is a positive group to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas does global health the right way. They work with communities in some of the most remote, low-resource areas of the world to create sustainable improvements to maternal and child health through education, outreach and providing resources. Their programs are evidence-based, community-led and rigorously evaluated. I am proud to work for and support this amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm passionate about the maternal and child health work Curamericas provides to under-resourced areas of the world. As a global health professional and an avid volunteer, I understand the value of sustainable programs and the importance of developing models that measure true impact. I recently discovered Curamericas in my search for a Raleigh-based organization in NC and have truly found a home to place my passion, time, and professional efforts. Thank you CG team for creating an environment that brings together amazing staff, volunteers, educators, supporters, and partners to make real change in the lives we touch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is an empowering orgnization that supports underserved communities in efforts to eliviate their burden from preventable diseases. The advocacy that Curamericas provides for mothers and children around the world is unmatched. This organization has made great strides in their work to make sustainable changes in the field of gloabl health.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with Curamericas Global has been an amazing experience! Curamericas stands out from other non-profits in their proven methodology of partnering with at-risk communities in establishing sustainable solutions to reducing child and maternal mortality rates in some of the most at-risk communities in countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, and Bolivia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is a great advocate for change in global health. The organization has done a remarkable job of providing education and resources for mothers and children in countries such as Bolivia, Guatemala, Liberia, Hati, Kenya and Sierra Leone. It has also done a great job of catering to local communities through events such as Hops for Hope and the Mommy and Daughter Tea.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is an amazing organization that has been very effective in reducing the rates of child and maternal mortality across the globe. They focus on bringing primary health care to areas of limited access and have been very successful in their endeavors. The work that they do is incredible and I am proud to say that I'm a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at Curamericas for the last two and half months have had a tremendous positive effect on me. From learning more about health disparities to maternal and child health, Curamericas does a great job at making sure its partners communities are involved in program development and implementation. Most importantly, I have had a great leader in Andrew and very passionate and mission driven colleagues with whom I have had a good team work experience. Curamericas' mission of hope through health is something I really care about and having seen first hand how health disparities affect rural areas made my commitment to this mission even bigger. This organization's stunning results in using the CBIO methodology worldwide in Guatemala, Kenya and Liberia is an inspiration that I will carry with me as I take upon new endeavors in the future in the nonprofit sectors. Last but not the least, I have tremendously improved my skills in Search engine optimization, fundraising and social media. I could not possibly ask for a better experience this summer!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at Curamericas for the last two and half months have had a tremendous positive effect on me. From learning more about health disparities to maternal and child health, Curamericas does a great job at making sure its partners communities are involved in program development and implementation. Most importantly, I have had a great leader in Andrew and very passionate and mission driven colleagues with whom I have had a good team work experience. Curamericas' mission of hope through health is something I really care about and having seen first hand how health disparities affect rural areas made my commitment to this mission even bigger. This organization's stunning results in using the CBIO methodology worldwide in Guatemala, Kenya and Liberia is an inspiration that I will carry with me as I take upon new endeavors in the future in the nonprofit sectors. Last but not the least, I have tremendously improved my skills in Search engine optimization, fundraising and social media. I could not possibly ask for a better experience this summer!!!

Rebecca Naa Yemoley Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with Curamericas was through an interview I had with Andrew, The Executive Director. I needed some information for a project I was working on and he was extremely helpful. I did a great deal of research about the organization and concluded that it was the right place to work if one had a passion for international development, so I decided to intern with the organization. There is a long list of reasons why Curamericas is a unique nonprofit. The first is that, their projects and programs have a strong impact which is supported by rigorous research and evidence. Additionally, the projects are designed with an emphasis on sustainability, ensuring that even after the organization is no longer working directly with the communities they serve, the good work still goes on. Overall, it is a one of a kind nonprofit that is truly making a difference, one individual at a time.

Ceci G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being an intern at Curamericas for the past 2 months has been a great experience. I have met wonderful, committed people that work towards fulfilling the organization’s goals and have had the chance to learn more about global health issues as well as incorporate new skills. In a few words, Curamericas Global strives to provide primary health services to mothers and young children in poverty-stricken communities around the world. I worked with the project being implemented in Guatemala, specifically with the testimonies of people served by the project, which gave me the chance to understand first-hand how important the endeavor is. Two essential components pave the way to successful interventions: they are locally-based and culturally-appropriate. By helping to provide services while engaging the locals and respecting their customs and traditions, the project has a greater impact and ensures its sustainability. I very much look forward to volunteering with Curamericas in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Curamericas Global for about two weeks, and although that doesn't seem like a long time, I learned so much about the organization as well as saw what they were doing first hand. Curamericas Global partners with communities in order to give women and children health resources/education. That education continues long after volunteers from Curamericas Global have left the area, because now the information is being taught to each generation. They are truly doing amazing work!

Kendall H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is an amazing non-profit that helps end suffering for women and children in under served communities. Their community-based, impact-oriented methodology has made a difference in the lives of thousands of women and children, and supports their communities in a culturally-sensitive, sustainable way. I had the privilege of volunteering with this organization in 2018, and learned invaluable knowledge about global health. I recommend donating or volunteering with Curamericas!

Anolani K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is a non-profit organization that strives to create a world free of suffering from treatable and preventable causes. They work with communities around the world that have some of the highest child and maternal mortality rates. To effectively help these communities they focus on prevention, health education and establishing relationships with existing health facilities. The staff is extremely friendly and is always ready to give more information on some of their work. I highly recommend reaching out to this organization if you or someone you know needs assistance. I also encourage anyone who is willing and able to, to help! Curamericas does amazing work and provides many opportunities to help communities all over the world.

Rob Callus

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is an outstanding organization that values community-based efforts with culturally-appropriate pathways. Its members deeply understand how to translate solidarity into progress towards global health equity. As an intern, I have had such a positive experience working with the pastoral professionals that comprise its staff. They truly stand on the shoulders of giants, constantly seeking new ways to build on past experiences to grow towards a brighter tomorrow for mothers and children in need.