One of the main initiatives carried out by International Child Care is child inoculation. ICC has a leading role in the prevention and cure of tuberculosis through the national TB program, and inoculates against other highly contagious childhood diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and measles.
ICC hopes to provide every expecting mother in our program area with a healthy birth kit that will protect her and the newborn against the common causes of death during the delivery process, and to involve the mother and child in a Sante Fanmi, a Health Family, of neighbors, relatives and professionals who will work to ensure the child will grow up healthy.
International Child Care makes every effort to purchase items locally to stimulate the economies in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We also try to keep our costs down by avoiding expensive overseas shipment when possible, but we do accept gifts of healthy birth kits, personal care kits, handmade gowns, and cloth diapers for the children at Grace Children's Hospital. Read more »
Empowering an entire community to care for the health of its children is powerful, effective and sustainable. International Child Care partners with the community to advance health and wellness through education, health promotion, child health clinics, immunization programs, traditional birth attendant training, and micro-enterprise projects.
Breaking the cycle of poverty can start with one small loan. As an extension of International Child Care's health work, a Micro-Enterprise initiative was developed in the late 1980s to help release women and their children from poverty's grasp. Today, ICC has eleven existing Micro-Enterprise groups, averaging ten women each, as part of the Integrated Community Health Program in northern Haiti and is currently expanding to other regions.
International Child Care’s Community Based Rehabilitation program sends trained rehabilitation workers, called promotoras, into the homes of children with disabilities who live in and around the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic. The promotoras teach the child’s parents simple exercises that will help the child grow and develop.