Healthier Lives Worldwide
CMMB has been dedicated to helping the poor and those marginalized in society for over 100 years. Our founder, Dr. Paluel Flagg, first ministered to lepers in Haiti in the early 20th century and today we are a highly-respected global organization that has never wavered in our faith-based mission of service.
Despite the progress in global health, women and children living in developing countries continue to be among the most vulnerable. This motivates us to focus on improving their lives, and the lives of their communities.
Embracing the bond between our Catholic faith, values, and service to those most in need, CMMB is called to provide effective health solutions founded on love and respect for all.
A world in which every human life is valued, and health and human dignity are shared by all.
Inspired by the example of Jesus, CMMB works in partnership globally to deliver locally sustainable, quality health solutions to women, children, and their communities.
Our Core Values:
To work in partnership for locally sustainable solutions
To embrace and be compassionate towards all people
To deliver sustainable, quality, and impactful results
To act always with integrity, and to value and honor the dignity of all
We believe in the transformative power of women to change their communities, and the potential for children to shape their own futures.
With the power to access healthcare services and infrastructure, they will live healthier lives. With the power of love, respect, and excellence, they will know human dignity. With the power of people and partnerships, we can and will change the world.
Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. We partner globally to build locally sustainable systems to give all people what they need to reach their full potential for health. Our demonstrated commitment to women's and children's health includes clinical expertise, non-clinical health services, medical donations and skilled medical volunteers. Together, we have the capacity to improve the lives of women and children in the poorest communities, where a lack of basic healthcare means needless suffering from preventable diseases and shortened lives.
CMMB launched our innovative Children And Mothers Partnerships (CHAMPS) model in 5 countries, leveraging our networks of partners and bringing health solutions to women and children. CHAMPS is an integrated series of interventions designed to create deep and systemic change. CHAMPS seeks to improve 5 key levers for healthy communities: 1. A well-functioning, accessible local health system; 2. Healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy young children; 3. Increased nutrition and income through economic opportunities; 4. Access to safe water and sanitation; 5. Access to essential medicines.
Long-established relationships with partners across private, public and government sectors maximize impact as we work together toward shared goals. Our 100+ year history, financial transparency, and excellent reputation strengthen all our partnerships, including those with host governments and Ministries of Health.
Support from leading pharmaceutical and medical supply companies deploy critical supplies and medications where they are needed most through our Healing Help pharmaceutical donation program.
Strong institutional partnerships with universities and corporations open doors to a community of potential volunteers who bring passion and dedication to the field, and work with us to implement our programs effectively.
We are an international NGO providing long-term, community-based medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. For over a century, we have worked to strengthen and support communities through healthcare programs and initiatives, the deployment of medicines and medical supplies, and the placement of volunteers. Now in our second century and as part of our new global strategic platform, we are focusing on health issues facing women, children, and adolescents. Our emergency relief program quickly responds to dangerous situations, from conflict to natural disasters, by supporting affected communities with donated medicines, volunteers, and medical personnel, and by meeting emergency medical needs at partner health facilities. We work in collaboration with hundreds of local and international partners to deliver sustainable health services in targeted communities within Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We are recognized for outstanding transparency, strong governance, and stewardship: 98% of donations directly support programs.
In 2015-2016, we piloted CHAMPS, a core CMMB program, in Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan and Zambia, which demonstrated:
1. A cost-effective model
2. Sustainable, community-driven results
3. Impact of long-term investment
4. Power of partnerships leveraged across sectors
Our Core Areas of Work:
Responding to Global Emergencies
Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
An Integrated Approach to Health: CHAMPS
Increasing Access to Medicine Worldwide
Expanding Global and Local Partnerships
Fostering Community Engagement Worldwide
For a list of current projects, click here: https://cmmb.org/projects/
CMMB is continually focused on achieving measurable outcomes, and we utilize a results-based management approach that integrates both strategy and measurement to improve decision-making, and ensure transparency and accountability. To effectively measure population-based changes over time, CMMB conducts comprehensive baseline assessments, and will conduct follow-up assessments at regular intervals. In the interim, We utilize a robust set of age and sex disaggregated output and outcome indicators to measure performance and inform decision-making.
In order to effectively supporting local and national health systems, CMMB utilizes National Ministry of Health data collection tools to the extent possible, and designs new tools, particularly for community-based activities, when no standard tool exists.
Data quality is a top concern, and we ensure high-quality data through, regular spot checks, stakeholder training, supportive supervision, and monthly and quarterly data reviews.
CMMB works closely and comprehensively with communities, health facilities, government officials and partners to ensure progress is reviewed in a participatory manner.
For example, our cornerstone CHAMPS program lays out five levers for healthy and prosperous communities that we seek to achieve over the next 5 years across 5 countries:
1. Healthcare – Providing access to quality healthcare to 1 million people
2. Life – Supporting 60,000 safe pregnancies and 250,000 thriving children and women formerly at risk
3. Medicines – Ensuring access to essential medicines for 1 million people
4. Water – Providing clean water and sanitation to more than 1 million people
5. Opportunity – Providing better nutrition and economic opportunities for 162,500 extremely poor people
More on how we track impact: https://cmmb.org/our-impact/how-we-track-impact/
We are responding quickly to global emergencies like Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and war and famine in South Sudan.
We are committed to HIV care and treatment, and an AIDS-free generation.
We are scaling up our CHAMPS model. Our goal is to improve one million lives over the next five years.
We are working to continually expand our global partnerships to deliver medicine to those who need it most.
We are more clearly representing our vision, values and focus on improving the lives of women and children worldwide through our new visual identity.
We are recognized for our outstanding transparency and stewardship of resources.
Partnering with local communities, CMMB is transforming the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable women and children by tackling the deep-rooted causes of morbidity and mortality. Through our Children and Mothers Partnerships—or CHAMPS—we are providing life-saving medical care for pregnant women and newborns, and fighting disease and poverty. Working with our public and private partners, CMMB is saving lives and transforming communities.
How? We are currently working in eight CHAMPS sites through our five country offices. In these communities we're building and renovating health facilities and providing medical equipment. We're providing emergency transportation to save lives. We're enlisting volunteer doctors and nurses to build the capacity of local facilities and staff. We're providing essential medicines and supplies. We're training community health workers—trusted local partners who visit vulnerable families at home to teach moms how to keep their kids healthy. We're increasing access to safe water and sanitation. We're improving nutrition and livelihoods. And we've made a commitment to each community to keep on working together for the next 15 to 20 years.
Across CMMB's eight CHAMPS sites in 2016:
252,646 individuals were supported with care referrals an education on health topics
900 heath personnel and community health workers were recruited, trained and mentored to support programs
52 health facilities were supported with donated medicines, supplies, volunteers, training and/or construction