AmeriCares has continued its work to improve the nutritional, health and hygiene conditions of orphaned and vulnerable children in 30 residential homes in Ghana through its One Child One World™ program, launched in 2011 in partnership with Hope for All Foundation and the Youth and Social Enterprise Fund. Today the program is serving 1,800 newborns and children up to age 18, an increase of 20 percent since it started, and the number of course treatments of nutritional supplements has grown four-fold. Vaccinations have been administered for both the orphans and their caregivers.
To improve the quality of care, AmeriCares has developed standardized caregiver training, in partnership with Ghana Health Services and the Department of Social Welfare, and has already trained more than 100 caregivers.
In addition to continuing with the ongoing delivery of nutritional, health and hygiene support, the program going forward will focus on the completion of caregiver training and the formation of a caregivers’ association to advocate on behalf of orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers. The program will also continue to investigate local sources of sustainable nutrition for the participating homes, working in partnership with the Ghana Health Services, the University of Ghana Nutrition Department, and other corporate partners.
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