At CMMB, healthy women and children are behind everything we do. We believe that even in our everyday work, we can make an impact, especially in the lives of those we have the privilege to serve.
Jose Garcia is a doctor and a CMMB international, medical volunteer in Mutomo, Kenya. He is originally from the Dominican Republic. In Kenya, Jose works as a doctor at Mutomo Mission Hospital. Jose is changing the word. You can too.
Kathleen Hartmann is a nurse from New York City who has spent six months a year, every year, for nearly two decades, volunteering in Swaziland. Like all our volunteers, Kathleen is a treasured member of the CMMB family. In the following video, she reflects on the relationships that develop along the way on a volunteer's journey. Kathleen is changing the word. You can too.
Your compassion and generosity are changing lives every day. Here are the smiles and joy you make possible.
Megan Ramirez is a speech and language pathologist and a CMMB international volunteer in Trujillo, Peru. She is originally from New Jersey.
Dr. Mary Fleming, an OB/GYN from the United States, spent six months as a CMMB medical volunteer at the Mutomo Mission Hospital in Kenya. Find out why Dr. Fleming believes it’s important for physicians to donate their time and expertise to support maternal and child health for communities living in extreme poverty.
Robert “Jay” Edwards works at St Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio for Mercy Health and he is a field Service Technician at the hospital. He has served on two medical mission trips at the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health (BJSH) bringing his technical expertise to improving hospital operations. On March 20, 2017, in partnership with Mercy Health, CMMB officially opened The Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti. This hospital serves more than 50,000 people. Prior to its construction, residents had to travel 90 miles over difficult terrain to reach the nearest hospital. Such a journey was physically and financially impossible for many. Jay is making a difference in the world. You can too.
Brynn Macauley is a registered nurse and a CMMB international, medical volunteer in Trujillo, Peru. She is originally from Portland, Oregon. In Peru, Brynn works as a nurse in community based programs, conducting home-based visits and supervising and building capacity within a group of local, community health volunteers. Brynn is channging the word. You can too. Learn more at cmmb.org/volunteer Special thanks to: Video and photography in Trujillo: Andres Eduardo Nolasco Melgarejo Editor: Carla Amaro CMMB Peru staff and the community health volunteers who support their community Music: Second Nature by Audionatix CC
For a family in need, a little goes a long way. Often, just the addition of one or two goats, some seeds, a starter vegetable garden and training gives women living in poverty the extra bit of nutrition and income they need to support their family. See how the gift of goats and gardens is making a difference in the lives of five mothers in Haiti.
Our volunteer program seeks passionate people who love to travel and embrace the call to serve others in some of the most remote corners of the world. They put their enthusiasm and skills into action and serve women, children and communities in need in Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan and Zambia. Recently, we talked to David from Toronto about his plans to become a medical volunteer with CMMB in Kenya
In October, Rich Statuto, President & CEO, Bon Secours Health System, was one of several of CMMB partners to participate in Immersion Week in Zambia. Partners witnessed programs in action: first in the capital city of Lusaka and its environs, and then in rural Mwandi, about two hours by car from the Victoria Falls. CMMB partners had the opportunity to engage with representatives from the Zambian Ministry of Health, local hospital administrators, community healthcare workers, CMMB staff and beneficiaries.
Baby Titus lost his mother in childbirth. He is one of nearly 8,000 motherless children in Kenya. See how a CMMB Angel Investor is helping Titus and his family.
In especially poor and remote communities in Peru, such as Huancayo and Trujillo, children born with disabilities and their parents face multiple obstacles, including lack of education, negative attitudes and stigma, and services that are inadequate or nonexistent. See how CMMB programs address the right of these children to survive and thrive, living up to their full potential. Learn more at www.cmmb.org.
CMMB Peru is working to empower the most vulnerable women by providing training and access to markets. This video shows how women work together in poor communities to increase their income through handicrafts. http://cmmb.wpengine.com/peru CMMB Peru esta trabajando en el empoderamiento de las mujeres mas vulnerables, dandoles capacitacion y acceso a los mercados. Este video muestra como estas mujeres trabajan juntas en las comunidades mas empobrecidas del Peru para mejorar su situacion economica a traves de la produccion de artesanias.
Although Peru is classified as a middle-high income country, Peruvian society suffers from stark inequalities. These inequalities deeply affect the poorest and most vulnerable women and children. These women and children suffer from lack of access to social services like healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. CMMB's country director in Peru, Ariel Frisancho, talks about making the right to health a reality for all.
In the indigenous highland region of Huancayo, Peru, families struggle to survive. Like most women in this community, Maxima and Victoria never had the chance to go to school. They suffer discrimination because of their lack of education and severe poverty. In their own words, Maxima and Victoria explain how they are learning to keep their children healthy. CMMB's empowerment projects in Peru give women like Maxima and Victoria a voice, and keep mothers and children alive.
The Volunteer Program is an extension of CMMB’s dedication to strengthening health systems in developing countries through training, logistical and professional support, and direct provision of services and supplies. We see these volunteer placements as a benefit to both the volunteers and the communities they serve.
In partnership with leading pharmaceutical companies, CMMB delivers medicine to the most vulnerable people in the world. Over the last 10 years, our "Healing Help" Program has deployed more than $2 billion worth of medicines, health commodities, and medical supplies to trusted local healthcare partners in 120 countries. Regions served include Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Partner with us: http://cmmb.wpengine.com/partner-with-us/ More about our medical donations program: http://cmmb.wpengine.com/medical-donations
By working together, we made the dream of a new hospital in Côtes-de-Fer a reality. It was a very long journey from the very first ideas to the completion of the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health. The inauguration in March 2017 was an inspiring event with moving words from Bruce Wilkinson, CMMB president and CEO, Dianne Jean-François, MD, CMMB's country director in Haiti, John Celentano, Chairman of CMMB's Board of Directors, John Starcher, CEO of Mercy Health, Bishop Guy Sansaricq of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Lidia Koby, a long-time community leader in Côtes-de-Fer, and many, many others.
Around the world today, girls and women still face the biggest burdens of discrimination and poverty. In the indigenous highland region of Peru, the voices of women like Malvina are rarely heard. She has been a victim of displacement, human trafficking, child labor, early marriage and domestic abuse. Stories like Malvina’s are a testimony to the lack of opportunity, resources, and the overwhelming discrimination that poor mothers face worldwide. Malvina has never given up hope that life can be better. By working together, we can give poor girls and women a voice, respectfully listen to their needs, and empower them with tools to advocate for themselves and their families.