One Year for Maternal Health High School Challenge

Mothers and babies are dying – and they don’t have to.

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The One Year for Maternal Health High School Challenge is an exciting new program developed to raise awareness around the importance of maternal health and the hardships faced by mothers and children around the world. Teams of secondary school students in Grade 11/secondaire 5 have been completing four monthly challenges revolving around key issues affecting MNCH (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health). Designed to engage young minds, the challenges are evaluated on their creativity and ability to advance these key issues. One high school team will be awarded the opportunity to participate in a life-changing Learning Tour in either Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines or Rwanda.

The Origins of the Program

The One Year for Maternal Health High School Challenge is the most recent program developed by ADRA Canada, a non-profit organization that works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. In 2015, ADRA launched EMBRACE – Enhancing Maternal, Child and Newborn Health in Remote Areas through Revitalized Health Care and Community Engagement. This four-year initiative is aimed at saving the lives of mothers and children in remote and extremely vulnerable countries. Under its “Heart for Maternal Health” umbrella, the One Year for Maternal Health High School Challenge is aimed at educating young people on global issues and making a difference to advance positive change.

Youth Challenge International

Youth Challenge International is working in partnership with ADRA Canada and The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre to deliver the EMBRACE program. YCI is supporting the High School Challenge by planning and organizing the Learning Tour.