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
- Preventative Health Education
- Child Sponsorship
- 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.
Limited government funding often leaves little room for hands-on learning in Ecuador’s public school system, even though diverse teaching methods can dramatically improve outcomes. The Creative Science Program supplements the public schools’ lectures and worksheets by providing opportunities for children to participate in hands-on activities that explore the creative sciences. Through experiments and take-home projects, children discover creative ways to connect with and process the information they are learning in school.
The community of Rumiloma has a high incidence of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Our co-ed Exercise Program promotes a healthy lifestyle through kickboxing, weight training, yoga, dance, aerobics and an annual 5K. Participants report improved mood, reduced stress, better sleep, less anxiety and increased confidence.
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 Center provides access to resources for mental health, birth control, disease prevention, management and general wellbeing. The Center 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 is a partnership with the University of South Florida Health Colleges to provide crucial primary care and health education for the underserved community of Cedro Galán. The Clinic is staffed by local staff, Dr. Wendy and nurse Selma, and provided more than 1,600 appointments to community members in 2014 alone.
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. The Clinica Medica MPI addresses the many health complications caused by years of living in La Chureca and provides primary care/health education to all.
The Youth Medical Career Education program, called Generation, prepares students for a career in the health field. Through participation in interactive classes, students learn to perform a full musculoskeletal exam and take medical histories. Students gain additional skills by volunteering in the Cedro Galán Health Clinic. Following completion of the course, students attend an intensive test-prep course in order to help prepare them for university entrance exams.
"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