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
- 52.8% of the population is overweight, and 18% obese
- 1.6 hospital beds per 1,000 people
- 77.9 births per 1,000 women ages 15-19
- 12.1% of people are undernourished
- Adult Cooking and Nutrition
- Children's Nutrition and Exercise
- Preventative health workshops and partnerships
- Shadowing local Doctor
- Community Center
- Antorcha de la Vida Partnership
- 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
- 1,000 Days of Difference (Maternal & Child Health)
- Community Health Promotion
- Lacrosse the Nations
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. Similarly, weekly Children's exercise hours provide kids with structured methods to release energy and stay active in a time when video and computer games tend to take preference. 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.
The Ecuador site partners with local nonprofit Antorcha de la Vida which provides education in the form of horse and water therapy for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. Manna Ecuador partners with Antorcha de la Vida to assist in these programs, providing extra hands and support in an area which is much needed in Ecuador.
Rumiloma tiene una alta incidencia de enfermedades basadas en la alimentación, las enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos y la malnutrición. El club de cocina apoya a las familias mediante la enseñanza de adultos de alimentación y la relación entre comida y el cuerpo. Los participantes practican la planificación de comidas creativas y aprenden a tomar decisiones saludables sin subir los costos de su comida. Estas prácticas ayudan a prevenir la aparición de la diabetes, la obesidad y la malnutrición.
La tasa de retraso en el crecimiento de Ecuador es similar a las de los países del África subsahariana, con grave escasez de alimentos. El problema en este área no es la falta de alimentos, pero el consumo de alimentos nutricionalmente insuficientes. El club de cocina para los niños enseña a los estudiantes como satisfacer sus necesidades nutricionales. También, horas de ejercicios semanales dan los niños la oportunidad de gastar energía de forma saludable en una época en la cual videojuegos y computadoras son de preferencia. Los talleres permiten a los niños reconocer los alimentos saludables y tomar decisiones positivas.
Varios estudios han demostrado que los niños y adultos que leen son más exitosos en la escuela o el trabajo. Leer reduce el estrés, aumenta la concentración y mejora el pensamiento analítico, el vocabulario, la memoria y las habilidades de escritura. La biblioteca de Manna Project es el primero de su tipo en el Valle de los Chillos y tiene un rango grande de libros, juegos, rompecabezas y otras actividades intelectualmente estimulantes para todas las edades.
En Ecuador, trabajamos con una ONG local que brinda oportunidades de educación a niños y jóvenes discapacitados. Ofrecen terapia de agua y de caballo y los voluntarios de Manna Project apoyan en estos programas los cuales son escasos en Ecuador.
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 1,000 Days program is an evidence-based pilot program that aims to combat childhood malnutrition and support the development of healthy families in the community of Villa Guadalupe. The program enrolls high-risk pregnant women, specifically targeting pregnant adolescents ages 15-19, and provides prenatal care, breastfeeding support, nutritional education, well-child care, and family planning during the first thousand days of a child's development, from pregnancy to age 2.
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.
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.
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