CRS Work in Equatorial Guinea
All of CRS' work in Equatorial Guinea is guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching, which emphasize human dignity and a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. CRS emphasizes local Capacity building and community-based strategies in all of its work in Equatorial Guinea.
CRS/Equatorial Guinea supports three major health care projects:
The Maria Rafols Health Project
The Maria Rafols Health Project is establishing a network of community-based health posts and committees. This project creates the infrastructure that allows 10,000 residents of Southern Bata to access health care. Participating villages send two residents to an intensive course in preventative/primary health care and water/sanitation. In addition, each participating village builds their own health post using community labor and contributions and establishes a health committee to manage the post. This project focuses on increasing the community knowledge base and creating self-sustaining local expertise in healthcare.
The Centro DAR Health Project
The Centro DAR Health Project is providing knowledge and material resources to improve maternal-infant health in 117 villages in the continental region of the country. Similar to the Maria Rafols Health Project, Centro DAR trains community members in preventative/primary health care, installs latrines and wells, and encourages participating villages to build their own health posts using community labor and contributions. This project focuses on preventing health problems and educating local populations.
The Caritas Malabo Child Nutrition Project
The Caritas Malabo Child Nutrition Project teaches caretakers of children under the age of two to prepare nutritious weaning food using locally available, low-cost products. To complement this strategy of combating malnutrition, Caritas Malabo staff also teaches caretakers the importance of breastfeeding and how to prepare oral rehydration therapies. In six months, this project reached over 90 residents living in poverty-stricken areas of the country's capital, Malabo.
CRS/Equatorial Guinea has organized a network of 14 distributors to give out medicines and supplies generously donated by the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB). These medicines and supplies aid the poor who are unable to purchase prescriptions. The donation by the CMMB helps strengthen the capacity of this network of medical service providers allowing them to better live out their mission of serving the poor.