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The community health program (CHP) led by Dr. Kristen Schmaltz has been rapidly growing since its beginnings in early 2018. As of spring 2020, the CHP is working in 3 counties in more than 20 villages around the city of Mamou where CEH is located. The CHP staff has trained village health workers in triage of a number of common health problems in a train the trainer model so that they can continue to provide village education and triage individuals requiring additional care to CEH clinic and hospital. The CHP core educational programs include nutrition education, malnutrition identification and treatment, disease and accident prevention, clean water and hygiene education, Helping Babies Breathe to train traditional birth attendants to use positive pressure ventilation for apneic newborns, preventive education in the schools, Back to Health ergonomic education for farmers to prevent and treat back problems, Discussions for Girls to help menstruating girls continue to attend school at an age where they otherwise often drop-out and Discussions for Boys to similarly encourage young boys to finish their primary education.


The CHP team is partnering with the local government health system, supplying needed equipment to a number of dispensaries and health posts, and working with NGO’s in the area to provide coordinated, non-duplicative services.


A US-based support committee of 8 volunteers began working in 5 subcommittees in 2019 and has grown to 25 volunteers providing direction and support to the CHP under the direction of volunteer Janet Balke, PhD, MHA, MBA, BSN, RN. The Grant subcommittee has written 4 grants and received funding from 2.

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Our Community Health Program is providing:

  • Outreach to villages surrounding CEH to provide primary health care on site

  • Screening, healthcare teaching and disease prevention in villages

  • Referral to those that need secondary and tertiary care to CEH and government hospitals or local clinics appropriately

  • Information on hygiene, potable water and basic prevention techniques to improve quality of life


Training in the Helping Babies Breathe program to guide village Traditional Birth Attendants in helping babies breathe in the first minute of life.

The Days for Girls program supplying pubertal girls with sustainable, reusable, feminine hygiene products produced locally because there is limited or cost prohibitive access to them and discussing marriage, childrearing, and sexual health issues


Nutritional screening for infants and young children, feedback to families, and giving locally-produced, enriched infant cereals to the malnourished

  • Teaching on burn prevention and treatment

  • School children with an accident prevention and health program

  • Disease screening and prevention topics

  • A Back-to-Health Farmers Exercise program

  • Clean water instruction

  • The Gospel message presentation

  • Aid to the government health structures in our area to increase their capacity and service

  • A pilot project in one region of Mamou

  • An ongoing door-to-door needs assessment survey