EMBRACE 2017-08-02T08:33:15+00:00

Mother and her baby at a health clinic in MyanmarThe Enhance Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care & Community Engagement (EMBRACE) program, has been designed to reduce maternal and child mortality, particularly in remote and extremely vulnerable areas of Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda. Launched in 2015 in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the 54 month program is achieving its goals by improving access to essential health services, building the capacity of local health workers, and providing community education programs on the importance of good nutrition, especially for pregnant women and children under the age of five.

The Government of Canada shares ADRA’s mission for improving and saving the lives of people living in vulnerable communities throughout the world. One of the most effective methods of accomplishing this goal is working in the field of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, otherwise known as MNCH.

Working together with the local ADRA offices in Rwanda, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines, communities have been selected that have some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates recorded in their respective countries. Building on years of experience of running MNCH programs throughout the ADRA network, EMBRACE combines some of the most successful elements into a comprehensive program that is proving effective in saving lives.

Here are some of these initiatives.

Mother Child Health Groups

Woman's Group in CambodiaMothers and caregivers learn how to improve the health and development of their children and address important issues being faced in their communities by joining Mother Child Health Groups conducted by ADRA. This approach empowers groups of learners to develop their own learning materials and activities as well as building confidence and solidarity among members. The Mother Child Health Groups facilitate regular learning sessions on hygiene, health, nutrition, gender equality, and other issues of importance to mothers and caregivers.


Learning Through Play

Boy learns to wash hands in MyanmarChildren Learn through storiesWhile mothers work together in the group sessions, their children are in their own separate program learning important life-skills through fun activities. Through stories, songs, and games they learn about health, nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation. Simple lessons like the importance of washing hands is helping to reduce the spread of sickness and disease.


Kitchen Gardens

Kitchen Garden in Rwanda

For many years, ADRA has been teaching people the importance of growing small kitchen gardens to improve the nutrition and food security of families. EMBRACE is including this essential component into its program. It is not enough to simply tell mothers that they should be feeding their children a variety of nutritious foods, you need to engage them in the practice. By providing training on how to grow rich organic gardens, as well as providing seeds, tools, and encouragement, ADRA is changing lives! Mothers in EMBRACE villages are now providing balanced meals every day, fresh from their own gardens. Kitchen gardens are environmentally friendly and enable families to plant limited but sufficient amounts of nutritious food with low cost and maintenance most of the year. Kitchen gardens enable soil conservation and restoration, increase biodiversity and build knowledge of positive and sustainable farming techniques.


Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses

Growth Monitoring in MyanmarWherever ADRA conducts development programs, it works very closely with the local Ministry of Health. In EMBRACE, local health centre staff will receive training in Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses or IMCI. The IMCI strategy promotes the accurate identification of childhood illnesses in outpatient settings, ensures appropriate combined treatment of all major illnesses, strengthens the counselling of caretakers, and speeds up the referral of severely ill children. In the home setting, it encourages appropriate health care, improved nutrition and preventative care, and the correct implementation of prescribed care.

Mobile Data Collection

To ensure accurate, efficient and consistent data collection, ADRA will use mobile phones to collect data in the field. The ADRA Field App, an Android application designed by ADRA Canada, will help to track participants throughout project activities. Using modern data collection tools will help reduce manual errors, enhance data privacy, make data readily available and centralized, bring continuity and transparency to indicator calculations, and build local partner capacity in monitoring and evaluation.


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