1 BILLION PEOPLE LACK ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
Poverty leads to ill health and ill health maintains poverty
Early childhood health Impacts long-term wellbeing
- 29% of children under 5 are malnourished
- 15 hospital beds per 10,000 people
- 38% of women become pregnant before the age of 20
- 62% of babies under age 1 are anemic
- Nearly 1/2 of deaths in children under 5 attributable to undernutrition
- Adult Cooking and Nutrition
- Children's Cooking and Nutrition
- Environmental Health
- Exercise and Wellness
- Preventative Health Center
- Community Library
- 1 doctor for every 2,700 people
- 58% increase in cases of dengue fever
- 9.2 hospital beds for every 10,000 people
- Adolescent pregnancies account for 1 in 4 births
- 2nd highest childhood mortality rate in Central America
- Adolescent Health Education
- Cedro Galán Health Clinic
- Villa Guadalupe Health Clinic
- Child Sponsorship and Nutrition
- Community Health Promotion
- Preventative Health Education
- Lacrosse the Nations
- Youth Health Career Education
- Women's Exercise and Nutrition
Ecuador Health Programs
Rumiloma has a high incidence of diet-based ailments, food-borne illnesses and malnutrition. Cooking and Nutrition class impacts families by teaching adults how food powers the body. Participants practice creative meal planning and learn how to make healthy choices on a small income. These practices help prevent onset of diabetes, obesity and malnutrition.
Ecuador’s stunting rate is similar to those of Sub-Saharan countries with critical food shortages. The problem in this area is not a lack of food, but the consumption of nutritionally insufficient food. Children's Cooking and Nutrition teaches students to meet the basic nutritional requirements of their bodies. Workshops enable children to recognize healthy food and make positive choices.
Multiple studies have shown that children and adults who read do better in school or work. Reading reduces stress, increases focus, and improves analytical thinking, vocabulary, memory and writing skills. Manna Project's library is the first of its kind in the Chillos Valley and has a full range of books, games, puzzles and other intellectually stimulating activities for all ages.
Ecuador has an urgent need for knowledge on nutrition and disease prevention. The Preventative Health Education program provides access to resources for mental health, birth control, disease prevention, management and general wellbeing. The program features lectures from local experts, monthly group discussions, health fairs and immunization days. Ecuadorian public schools do not teach health or sex education; many young people visit the center seeking information.
Nicaragua Health Programs
Nicaragua has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Latin America. Manna Project partners with local secondary schools to teach health classes to boys and girls separately, where adolescents may speak openly about issues they face. Curriculum covers basic nutrition and physical health. Students participate in discussions on stereotypes, gender inequality and the physical, emotional and cultural aspects of sexual health.
In a country with only one doctor for every 2,700 people, families living in poverty feel the impact of this shortage the most. The Cedro Galán Clinic opened in October of 2013 and operates in partnership with the University of South Florida Health Colleges. The Clinic provides crucial primary care and health education for the underserved community of Cedro Galán. The Clinic is staffed by a local doctor and nurse and its operations are guided by a Community Advisory Board comprised of Cedro Galán residents.
The Child Sponsorship and Nutrition program serves critically undernourished children. Weekly home visits, health education for mothers, and medical attention build strong relationships and intervene at a critical stage of development. Sponsors contribute $20/month to provide milk, oatmeal, beans and vitamins in addition to medical care, health monitoring and gifts on special occasions.
Manna Project works in partnership with Lacrosse the Nations to create joy and opportunity for children in need. Participants develop life skills and self-esteem to succeed both on and off the field. In a community where only one in four people completes primary school, the program results in improved health, school enrollment, attendance and graduation rates.
Health statistics in Nicaragua are staggering: 1 in 3 children suffers chronic malnutrition, 30% of deaths result from cardiovascular disease and 1 in 10 adults has type 2 diabetes with little access to insulin. Manna Project reaches underserved communities with education and tools needed to increase wellness through prevention.
Villa Guadalupe is home to more than 1,000 people displaced by the closure of La Chureca, Central America’s largest municipal open-air trash dump. These families joined 3,700 others displaced by flooding. MPI’s clinic in Villa Guadalupe, formally known as Clinica Medica Manna Project International, opened in December 2014. The Villa Guadalupe clinic provides primary-care and gynecology services to community members. The clinic operates with permission from the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and is staffed by a local team of practitioners including a health promoter, general doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and gynecologist.
The Youth Medical Career Education program, called Generation, prepares students ages 14-18 interested in a career in the health professions. Through participation in interactive classes, students learn about healthcare, biological, and medical topics. Students also receive information on university and career options available in fields such as medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. Following completion of the course, students gain additional skills by volunteering in the Cedro Galán Clinic.
In Nicaragua, many suffer from preventable disease. MPI works to improve health outcomes by training local volunteers to act as health promoters within their community. Through home visits and group activities, our dedicated health promoters equip their peers with the resources needed for healthy lifestyle changes designed to prevent chronic disease.
"I am thankful for the clinic and how the doctor and nurse have always been there for me."
- Veronica, resident of
Villa Guadalupe, Nicaragua
"You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition."
- Gro Brundtland,
UN World Health Organization