Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Council in Malawi (ACM) to support the health and development of children and the well-being of caregivers and communities. Using an integrated approach, ACM implements programs that address child health, early childhood development, and economic strengthening in rural communities across Malawi. In its child health program, ACM works with trained local volunteers and government health workers to fight some of the deadliest childhood health conditions, focusing on malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Community health workers and ACM-trained health volunteers make door-to-door visits, support village clinics, and hold community sensitization events such as talks and drama shows to engage families to prevent illness, care for sick children at home and seek medical care when needed.
In pursuit of a more holistic program to help change the lives of children in Malawi, ACM has integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) into its existing integrated health program using Moments That Matter, a program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development, supported in part by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Episcopal Health Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and other donations. Moments That Matter (MTM) focuses on increasing access to quality appropriate early learning and development opportunities and programs for children under three years of age. Trained ECD volunteers make household visits to participating families, lead caregiver support and learning groups, and refer caregivers for additional services. These activities focus on promoting nurturing care, early learning, positive discipline and gender-equitable caregiving roles.
ACM is also facilitating the formation of savings groups to provide structure and access to build and grow savings and businesses to community members, helping to bolster economic opportunities for women and other socially or economically marginalized groups. Savings groups provide business and financial management training to support individuals in managing their assets and improving their wellbeing. Savings groups are being integrated into the MTM program. Caregivers will have increased access to funds to care for their families and invest in their businesses and other ventures. This economic security will, in turn, support the development, health and safety and security of children in families and communities.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACM is collaborating with Episcopal Relief & Development, local health authorities and other organizations and mobilizing existing networks of churches and schools to raise awareness about the coronavirus and to provide sanitation kits to vulnerable communities such as the elderly and people living with HIV/AIDS. ACM is also providing personal protective equipment to three local hospitals and health facilities in the dioceses of Lake Malawi and Northern Malawi.
Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.
Our work with Children supports and protects kids under six so they reach appropriate health
and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to
helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.
Over 300,000 women worldwide die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of infants die in their first few weeks of life – many of them also from preventable conditions. Prenatal care and monitoring health of expectant and new mothers and their children reduces illness and saves lives. Read more about Maternal and Child Health.Read more about Maternal & Child Health
Worldwide, an estimated 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Proper sanitation and hygiene education can prevent the spread of disease ― saving lives and protecting communities. Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene.Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene
Planning ahead for disasters can go far in minimizing their potential impact – especially for people already facing poverty, who may lose their few assets or safety nets. To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction.Read more about Disaster Resilience
Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.Read more about Micro-finance
Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® program partnership is working in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to fight malaria with life-saving nets and education. Since it began in 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed more than 22,000,000 nets and provided education on their proper use and maintenance, reducing the number of malaria cases by up to 45% in program areas. Read more about Malaria.Read more about Malaria