RMHC Announces Over $3 Million in Grants to Help Improve Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Around the World

Family-Centered Charity Aligns With Nine Other Organizations to Address Pressing Children's Health Issues in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S.A.

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2014) - The global office of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) recently granted $3,854,107 to nine organizations focused on directly improving the health and wellbeing of children through innovative train-the-trainer projects. The organization's Global Grant investments extend the geographic reach of the Charity furthering its impact by moving dollars quickly to vulnerable populations who lack basic healthcare, resources and services.

The following organizations received RMHC Global Grants:

  • Burma Humanitarian Mission received $35,000 to train and equip backpack medics who annually administer healthcare services to 5,280 children in villages of Burma.
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia received $200,000 to help decrease child mortality in Botswana, through a train-the-trainer health care system that uses a Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) approach, with plans to reach 230,000 children over two years.
  • Concern Worldwide received $736,140 to support a 3 year program which will implement Community Case Management of malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections and care groups that will help address these leading causes of child mortality in Burundi, with plans to reach more than 46,000 children under the age of five.
  • Curamericas Global received $991,553 to support the further expansion of its "Casa Materna" project, previously funded by RMHC in 2011. This project will bring health education services to women's homes through training and mobilizing birth attendants in 35 rural communities in Honduras, benefiting 26,592 children.
  • East Meets West received $399,500 to ensure quality dental services and oral health education for more than 200,000 children through the establishment of a train-the-trainer network of health workers in Vietnam. RMHC also funded this organization in 2011.
  • Global Healing received $50,000 to improve acute care delivery and improve health outcomes for an estimated 2,100,000 critically ill pediatric patients over three years; institutionalize standard nursing practices; create a team of national trainers, and empower nurses within the departments of emergency medicine and neonatal and pediatric intensive care at the National Hospital of Pediatrics in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, received $150,000 to bring lifesaving malaria services to 109,000 vulnerable children in vulnerable populations in Chad.
  • Lwala Community Alliance received $752,147 to support the three-year implementation of its "Thrive thru 5" program in Migori County, Kenya, impacting the lives of 7,000 children. Previous programs funded by RMHC have helped reduce neonatal mortality in the region by 50%.
  • Oral Health America received $539,767 to improve oral health for 400,000 children in vulnerable populations in the U.S. RMHC funded the "Smiles across America" program in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Through these projects centered on maternal and infant health, disease management, sanitation and hygiene, oral health, and basic pediatric care, RMHC is able to focus on partnerships that improve children's health, in sustainable, measurable ways. These investments will impact more than 1,000,000 children across the world.

"Child mortality rates around the globe continue to be alarming. There is a need to invest in resources and training to create lasting change," said David C. Herman, M.D., MSMM, president and CEO, Vidant Health and RMHC Board of Trustees member. "For 40 years, RMHC has been part of the solution in helping to eliminate some of the barriers that make it more difficult for families and children to get the health care they need."

Through its Global Grants and matching grants program to local U.S. RMHC Chapters, the Charity has awarded nearly $97 million in grants in the last eleven years. Next year's cycle to submit grant proposals will be open in July. For more information, visit the RMHC Global Grants page at: http://rmhc.org/what-we-do/grants/.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 58 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

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