The EMBRACE Project

EMBRACE is a four-year project led by ADRA Canada, and funded by the Government of Canada, through its agency, Global Affairs Canada. ADRA Canada was among the recipients of Partnership for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) funding for the EMBRACE project. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. PSMNCH is a government-funded initiative, investing as much as $370 million to Canadian organizations working towards ending the deaths of mothers, newborns and children around the world.

The project, which runs from February 2016 to March 2020, will improve and save the lives of mothers and children in remote and vulnerable areas of Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda by:

  • Improving access to and quality of health services
  • Supporting better nutrition for women, children and families
  • Providing opportunities for more Canadians to help reduce the number of women and children who die from preventable causes

Some of the innovative EMBRACE project initiatives include:

Construction & Renovation

  • 9 waiting/delivery rooms
  • 1 health centre
  • 1 maternity ward
  • 4 maternity waiting homes close to health facilities to be built in the Philippines for women living long distances from health centres
    800 household latrines to be built in Rwanda
  • 15 health centres to be equipped in Cambodia


  • Establishing community based health transport systems
  • 1 ambulance provided in a remote community in Rwanda
  • Establishing community savings & loans groups for emergency transportation expenses


  • Providing training for health care workers and community volunteers
  • Intensive training for village-level midwives in Myanmar
  • Educating adolescents on their sexual reproductive health and rights
  • Training community members on proper nutrition for children and pregnant women


  • Hosting cooking demonstrations promoting nutritious, locally available ingredients and energy-efficient cooking methods
  • Developing environmentally sustainable kitchen gardens in local households
  • Distribution of water filters

Who will benefit from EMBRACE?

EMBRACE will contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 100,000 people, including approximately 33,000 children from groups with additional vulnerabilities, such as:

  • ethnic minority groups in Cambodia
  • the peripheries of government-controlled areas in Myanmar
  • areas of political dissent in the Philippines
  • formerly displaced persons in Rwanda who have returned to their homes

In addition, more than 360,000 people are expected to benefit indirectly from the interventions of EMBRACE.

Project Partners