Enhance Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remote Areas Through Health Care and Community Engagement (EMBRACE) Project

The Enhance Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remote Areas Through Health Care and Community Engagement (EMBRACE) Project is a co-funding contribution agreement ADRA Canada has with the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.  The program runs until March 2020 and serves people living in remote regions of Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda. EMBRACE raises awareness of the Canadian public through its public engagement component which will work with agents of change from remote areas in Canada. EMBRACE focuses primarily on improving and saving the lives of women of reproductive age, newborns, and children under five. The program achieves these objectives through instruction on health and nutrition, the building of health clinics and training programs for community health volunteers, traditional birth attendants, nurses and midwives. Agricultural instruction teaches mothers how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables close to their homes in kitchen gardens. The program serves an estimated 100,000 people, including 33,000 children of vulnerable people groups such as ethnic minorities and people returning to their homes after natural disasters or civil conflict.

Over 20 million will be contributed by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, and the remaining 5 million will be contributed by ADRA Canada and its partners.

The launch of this life-saving program was marked by a kick-off meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Feb 29-Mar 4, 2016. ADRA Cambodia hosted workers and partners from five countries for the launch of project EMBRACE. Francis Huot, Chargé d’Affaires from the Canadian Diplomatic Office in Cambodia, met the group on the first day and offered words of appreciation and support. The group spent the week in orientation and training. Project EMBRACE is a four year program that will improve the lives of women, newborns and children under five.

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