Our work to build healthy communities, families and individuals is at the heart of Mercy Corps' vision for social change. By partnering with a range of partners, from village health committees to government agencies, we help build the means to improve maternal, newborn and child health, ensure proper nutrition and combat infectious diseases.
All stories about Health
Indonesia: Eat your tempeh, kids May 18, 2009
Pakistan: Babies, Full and Contented March 30, 2009
You would expect a small room of 20 young children between the ages of six months and three years to be quite a noisy affair. But in this narrow space in Pakistan's Hazara Town, it is surprisingly quiet.
Pakistan: Strengthening Local Health Systems March 4, 2009
Mercy Corps has achieved remarkable success in strengthening Pakistan’s public health systems to better fight the scourge of tuberculosis (TB).
Tajikistan: Keeping Tajiks healthy January 27, 2009
Tajikistan is one of the poorest republics of the former Soviet Union, with a weak economy that is reflected in the poor health and low standard of living of the population. Many villages do not have adequate health services or information.
Pakistan: Sadiqa's Story December 16, 2008
It was about a year ago when Sadiqa got a cough that wouldn't go away. "It was quite difficult for me," the 50-year-old seamstress from Quetta, Pakistan remembers. "I couldn't sleep or work because of my coughing. I was getting weaker day by day and was up all night."
India: Teen honored With Global Action Award November 24, 2008
Mercy Corps' Global Action Awards honor young people who have taken outstanding actions to fight global poverty. In 2008, Sindhu Ravishankar was one of four Global Action Award recipients.
Indonesia: Don't forget to wash your hands October 15, 2008
A Mercy Corps survey in five provinces of Indonesia found that only 30 percent of school-age children wash their hands before eating and after using toilets. Handwashing reduces the spread of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, a major cause of malnutrition in children.
Indonesia: Healthy places, prosperous people September 4, 2008
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is expected to become East Asia's largest metropolitan region by 2015.
Regaining Her Smile, Dispelling Fear June 4, 2008
Indonesia: Promoting 'Early and Exclusive' Breastfeeding April 18, 2008
Tugu Utara, Jakarta — Little Efa lives in one of the poorest and dirtiest sections of Indonesia's crowded capital, but she's as happy and healthy as any 5-month-old girl you'd meet. That may be partly because she is breastfed.