OAK BROOK, Ill. — Ronald McDonald House Charities announced the awarding of 15 new grants totaling $2.9 million to support non-profit organizations making an immediate, positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children in the areas of health prevention and promotion, clinical treatment and education in various countries around the world.

“Today’s children face a range of health problems, from malnutrition
to malaria to HIV/AIDS. While the prevalence of problems varies by
region, one thing remains clear: the need to help the world’s children
is an ever-present endeavor. Through its global grants program, Ronald
McDonald House Charities has made a measurable impact in improving the
health and well-being of children,” said Alan A. Harris, M.D.,
professor of medicine, hospital epidemiologist, Department of Internal
Medicine/Infectious Disease, Rush University Medical Center and RMHC
Board of Trustees member.

 “RMHC recognizes the important role their organization can play in
addressing gaps in critical care and support for children and families
through the financial support of other non-profit organizations, in
addition to the core programs and services their Charity offers. With
the economic uncertainty and in underdeveloped countries, the needs of
children continue to grow. Only working together and leveraging our
collective resources can non-profit organizations and foundations
truly make a difference,” said Susan Hayes, president and CEO,

A list of grantees, program focus and geographic reach are provided below:

Improving hygienic behaviors and expanding access to clean water and
sanitary latrines:
— Curamericas Global: Liberia
— Duke Global Health Institute: Uganda

Implementing mobile dental units to increase access to health care:
— East Meets West Foundation: Vietnam
— Ecuadent Foundation: Ecuador

Learning centers for health education and counseling programs:
— Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: Swaziland
— Fabretto Children’s Foundation: Nicaragua
— Feeding America: U.S.A.
— Interplast: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ghana, Zambia, Bolivia,
Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru
— Street School Network: U.S.A.

Sustainable Community Development and Healthcare Infrastructure:
— Georgetown University: Honduras
— INMED Partnerships for Children: Peru
— Lwala Community Alliance: Kenya
— Partners in Health: Rwanda
— Project CURE: Ethiopia, India, Nicaragua and Uganda
— Helping Hands in Africa: South Africa

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