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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Ethiopia: Feeding hungry children in remote Ethiopia August 4, 2011
Hibo — a tiny, chubby-cheeked three year old — seemed to take great delight in looking everywhere except my camera as I tried to take her photo. From her mother's hip she giggled, turned away and pulled faces by turns, to the amusement of all around.
Guatemala: Fresher food, better nutrition, happier families July 28, 2011
In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the signs and symptoms of malnutrition are a common sight: stunted growth, underweight bodies and visible fatigue.
Guatemala: Rural micropharmacies offer medicine for all July 28, 2011
Sustainable Community Health Stores is a new way of addressing the rural healthcare problem. It helps local families start small businesses while providing much-needed medicines in underserved communities.
Zimbabwe: The Joint Initiative brings HIV care to homes July 20, 2011
The importance of early medical referrals is one of the many reasons the Joint Initiative for Urban Zimbabwe (JI) — a consortium of ten non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — places a strong focus on community home-based care.
Indonesia: Babies and mothers at a Mother's Support Group in Jakarta July 8, 2011
Some of the babies and mothers who attended the first Mother's Support Group in Jakarta's Cengkareng Barat neighborhood.
Indonesia: Mothers supporting mothers July 8, 2011
When my first daughter was born, none of my closest friends had children and I was living far from my mother and grandmothers. I felt alone with my questions and concerns about sleep, diapers and breast feeding so I joined a local mother’s group.
Indonesia: Another busy day in the world's tenth-biggest city July 2, 2011
I wasn't quite expecting to see as much of Jakarta as this. Today we met the Mercy Corps staff at their offices for a presentation of the various projects the organization is doing in Indonesia.
Guatemala: "Broadcasting" important health and nutrition news in rural Guatemala July 1, 2011
Each time I showed up to small and faraway communities where the heat was unbearable, where there was no electricity to turn on a light bulb, where there was no wind to ease the heat in the air — and where the field workers were parking their motorcycles and placing their gear on the dried grass
Indonesia: Inviting the rain June 27, 2011
In their old villages — before the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia's Mentawai Islands last year — people never had trouble getting fresh water. Their homes were always located close to rivers, because they knew that water is of the utmost importance.
Guatemala: Molding more than corn — molding nutrition June 26, 2011
One of Guatemala's main staple foods is corn — in fact, Guatemalans sometimes even refer to themselves as “corn people.” One of the traditional ways to consume corn here is in the form of tortillas.