Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project Launch Event

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


“ADRA Canada is pleased to announce the signing of its most recent co-funding contribution agreement with the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.  Named EMBRACE, the program will run until March 2020 and serve people living in remote regions of Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda. Similarly, EMBRACE will also raise the awareness of the Canadian public through its public engagement component which will work with agents of change from remote areas in Canada. EMBRACE will focus primarily on improving and saving the lives of women of reproductive age, newborns, and children under five.  The program will achieve 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 will teach mothers how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables close to their homes in kitchen gardens. The program will serve 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 is marked by a kick-off meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia attended by the Head of the Canadian Diplomatic Office in Cambodia, and representatives from ADRA’s offices in Canada, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda on Feb 29-Mar 4, 2016.”