Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality (CAIA-MNCM)
March 2016 - March 2020
The Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality is a partnership among four Canadian organizations — Amref Health Africa, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and WaterAid Canada. With support of $24.9 million from the Government of Canada (85 percent of the total project budget), this four-year project (2016 to 2020) aims to directly reach 1.7-million women, children and men across 20 districts in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. The partners are working together with African communities to improve the delivery of essential health services to moms, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five; increase the use of these improved health services; and improve the consumption of nutritious foods and supplements.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is implementing the project in Oromia Administrative Zone of Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia, where it’s impacting more than 400,000 people. We’re working closely with regional government health departments as well as women and child affairs offices to plan, implement and monitor the success of the project.
Lead for Education Achievement and Progress (LEAP)
December 2011 – December 2016
The Lead for Education Achievement and Progress (LEAP) project improved early childhood education, addressed gaps in quality primary-school education and promoted access to education for orphaned and vulnerable children. As a result, 19 early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres were built and 40 were renovated. More specifically, 76 centres were equipped with adequate water supplies, latrines as well as indoor and outdoor playing and learning materials. LEAP reached 244,450 people, including 140,036 children, in three districts in Ethiopia.
Saving Brains project
October 2014 – September 2016
In Ethiopia, most of the approximately 11-million children under the age of three don’t receive proper care, resulting in about 44 percent of children being stunted and 29 percent being underweight, reports the Ethiopia Central Statistical Agency. The Saving Brains project encouraged parents to protect and nurture early brain development during prenatal and early childhood periods through the distribution of calendars plotting a child’s development and educational videos, which support the Learning-Through-Play methodology. Through Learning Through Play, parents were encouraged to build toys to encourage positive interactions. The project improved the health, physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development of 3,000 children, aged zero to three in 2,500 households in Ethiopia.
Improving Maternal and Child Health: Partnership and Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT)
January 2012 – March 2015
Promoting the value of giving birth in health facilities with professionals — that was a goal of the Improving Maternal and Child Health: Partnership and Action for Community Transformation project in Ethiopia. It reached more than 120,000 women and children at more than 70 health facilities. As a result, skilled professionals delivered more than 20,700 babies safely, and 14 health centres and 59 health posts received medical equipment. Now women, men, families and communities understand the value of giving birth with help from trained professionals.