University of Utah Professors to Present Findings at the Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference 2018, Dublin, Ireland
MESA, AZ, July 3, 2018 – Maternal deaths have been cut by 78 percent and infant deaths have been cut by 58 percent in Mozambique villages where Care for Life Family Preservation Programs (FPP) have been implemented, according to a new longitudinal, independent research study to be presented at the Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) Conference July 4-7 in Dublin, Ireland. Care for Life is a Mesa-based non-profit that teaches self-reliance to families in Mozambique, Africa.
“Today a baby in Mozambique has more than double the chance of living in a Care for Life village than previously,” said Dr. Patrick Panos, director of Global Education and Outreach at University of Utah and study author. “In fact, according to UNICEF, in 2015 Mozambique had 489 maternal deaths per 100,000 births. In Care for Life villages, we see that number go down to an amazing 90 per 100,000.”
The presentation, “The Care for Life Program: An Independent, 5-year Controlled Outcome Study of a Holistic Community Development Program in Mozambique,” documents the amazing achievements of the Care for Life program. “Our Family Preservation Programteaches villagers how to be self-reliant in eight different areas: Health & Hygiene, Education, Psychosocial Well-being, Sanitation, Food Security & Nutrition, Income Generation, Home Improvement, and Community Participation,” said Linda Harper, President, Care for Life. “Seeing these results in a country devastated by civil war, typhoons, and extreme poverty is pretty amazing.
“Care for Life stays in each village for about three years. During that time, the organization doesn’t give the villagers money or food, but we teach villagers how to become self-reliant by setting goals and then celebrating and rewarding success with simple things such as seeds to start a family garden, which encourages good nutrition. The organization follows up with villagers a few years later to monitor that the success continues. It’s studies such as these that prove our process, the FPP, actually works.”
The 5-year outcome evaluation was initiated by Drs. Angelea and Patrick Panos of University of Utah to determine the effectiveness of Care for Life’s Family Preservation Program in Mozambique, Africa. Some of the conclusions of the study include:
- The Care for Life approach is having a profound impact on the health and well-being of its target villages.
- Other approaches lack sustainability, do not create long-term impact on health outcomes, and can lead to an attitude of dependency in their recipients.
- The Care for Life approach is holistic, sustainable, develops community leadership and independence, and has a dramatic impact on health outcomes.
About Care for Life
Care for Life is a global non-profit organization operating with a holistic approach to ending poverty in a sustainable way by preserving the family while encouraging andenabling the principles of self-reliance. Care for Life operates in Mozambique, Africa. Donations to Care for Life can be made at www.CareForLife.org
For more information:
Glen Galatan, Marketing & Funding Manager
Care for Life
3850 E. Baseline Rd., Ste 114 Mesa, AZ 85206-4403
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