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.
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Indonesia: Promoting 'Early and Exclusive' Breastfeeding
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.
Guatemala: Won in Translation
On any given morning, the spotless health center in tiny Tucurú, Guatemala is abuzz with activity. Carmelina Botzoc is a big reason why.
Iraq: Emergency Aid to Southern Iraq
West Bank and Gaza: Restocking Hospital Closets in Gaza
Rarely have deliveries of sheets and hospital gowns been so warmly received as in Gaza last month.
North Korea: Mercy Corps and DHL deliver medicine to flood-affected North Korean families
The express and logistics company DHL is generously providing a very substantial contribution to cover shipping expenses for urgently-needed medicines headed to North Korea.
Niger: Q&A with Christy Collins
Christy Collins, who currently serves as Mercy Corps Niger's country director, has a long history with the country and people of Niger. She first came to Niger in 1975 as a Peace Corps volunteer, having just graduated from college with a degree in French.
Niger: Fati: Taking Action for Her Son
Niamey, Niger - Fati Issia seems alone in the crowd. In the midst of the boisterous waiting room at Niamey's Dar es Salaam neighborhood health clinic, she sits quietly while other mothers engage in conversation. She holds her seven-month-old son Moctar on her lap.
Niger: Boubacar: A Nurse's Helping Hands
Sanam, Niger - You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna's eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town's only nurse.
Niger: Three Wails
Shortly after midnight, a soft wailing cry broke through the sweltering Sahelian night.
Pakistan: Fighting Tuberculosis, Village by Village
Larkana, Sindh Province, Pakistan — It was the eyes that struck me most. Deep, dark, penetrating, yet not wanting to reveal too much. But they could not hide Mrs. Hussna's weariness from battling a debilitating disease.