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Curamericas Global

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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is an amazing organization that does much-needed work in remote communities that would otherwise be neglected. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a programs intern and assist with the Guatemala program. For me, it was especially meaningful because I spent many of my formative years in Guatemala and I am of Guatemalan descent. It was great to be able to find a local organization that helps mothers and children in need of some basic life-saving services. The staff and volunteers are all genuinely invested in the cause and work together to achieve and exceed their goals. I highly recommend volunteering, interning, donating, and/or getting involved in any capacity with this fantastic group of people doing fantastic things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Curamericas Global, I was able to gain hands-on experience and learn about the different aspects that allow non-profit organizations to function. Curamericas stands out from other organizations because of their proven methodology. Not only have they been extremely successful in providing healthcare to under served communities, they also place high importance on creating strong relationships with the local people in the areas that they work in. For any type of aid, this is key is being respectful of a community and its culture. This community-based model is one every non-profit should follow! I am proud to have been involved with such passionate people in an organization that truly puts those they are helping first. Whether you are a volunteer, intern, or donor, Curamericas Global should be your first choice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Curamericas Global is an inspiring organization that partners with underserved communities across the globe to save the lives of women and children through health care and education. Their motto, “Hope through Health,” represents their vision of a world free of suffering from treatable and preventable causes. I am most impressed with the effectiveness of their global work. They pride themselves on sustainability, equity, compassion, date-drivenness, and empowerment. The volunteers radiate passion for their cause and they are always coming up with creative ideas to gain support. I am impressed with Curamericas dedication to their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

¬Curamericas Global is an excellent organization that is helping save the lives of mothers and children around the world. The welcoming, friendly, and passionate staff work with local leaders of communities to align their mission, methods, and resources to achieve their goal. Help Curamericas Global reach their goal of preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035 by volunteering or donating today!

Bianca M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is a global leader in being an example of how to make results not only effective but sustainable. Besides the amazing and friendly staff, their passion for saving the lives of mothers and children around the world moves mountains. Unlike other organizations, Curamericas implements a community-based impact oriented methodology, which essentially allows for not only the organization, but local leaders of the community to come together to create solutions. I believe that this an organization that is not only deserving on donations, but also is an amazing opportunity for volunteering!

Alex J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is a fantastic organization that not only works stupendously to reach their goals of lowering maternal death rates in impoverished communities, but also succeeds at doing so. Their community-based approach is incredibly effective and utilizes every dollar that is donated to the organization to the best effect. This is the kind of donor-to-community model that needs to be seen in more organizations and non-profits! If you're looking to have your dollars be put to the best use, choose Curamericas!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Curamericas on two trips to Guatemala so far. The organization empowers the local communities and the local people. The love and support the people that aren't being noticed. I will continue to support and go on trips with them in the future!

Andrew Z.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Curamericas serves as an example of how to make an impact. As a former Intern, I can attest to the passion with which the Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of this organization approach their mission to make measurable, sustainable, and meaningful improvements in health outcomes among underserved populations. Trust, expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm are just some of the words that I would use to describe this organization and its people. Whether you are looking to support community at home or abroad, I can guarantee that Curamericas values and makes the most of all contributions to make a difference in the lives of thousands of mothers and children around the globe. It is with confidence that I say Curamericas is one of the best global health organizations in North Carolina if not the United States.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to intern for Curamericas Global in 2017. The staff is extremely passionate and dedicated to the organization and its mission of providing sustainable healthcare for women and children in forgotten communities. Globally, the great work they do promotes change and helps communities create a lasting difference. Their approach to community-based healthcare, partnering with local communities, is what makes this nonprofit so inspiring. It’s a privilege to be able to work here and I’m excited to see what the future holds for myself here at this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and have gone on a mission trip with this organization. My trip far exceeded my expectations from the start. Everyone I encountered welcomed me with open arms and if I could id go back in a heartbeat. This organization helped me find my passion for helping others that are in need.

Su'Vanna D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas Global is a compelling organization that is evidence-based and compassion driven. Their innovative approach really saves lives! Around the world, people are leading healthier happier lives because of Curamericas! I am excited to continue my internship and do all that I can for this wonderful organization.

Purva T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Curamericas is a wonderful organization that saves the lives of mothers and children in underserved communities. This organization has been so helpful in their partner communities by providing health services and community education.
Their work makes a huge impact and works to directly with these communities so that these programs are sustainable for the future. It’s a privilege to intern for this organization and work with their staff. If you’re looking for an organization to support, you’re in the right place!