PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECTS


Access to quality healthcare and health education is a challenge in many under-resourced communities around the world. CCS supports the health and well-being of women and children through healthcare campaigns designed to address important vision, dental, sanitation, and water needs in Morocco, India, Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, Ghana, Guatemala and with Syrian refugees in Greece.

Groups traveling with 4 or more people traveling to participate in the Health Projects will receive a $500 discount per person off the program contribution; Groups traveling to work with Syrian refugees in Greece will receive a $400 discount per person.

Vision

Eyesight is critical to the well-being and development of children. Approximately 15% of school children have a problem with their vision. Children with vision problems find it difficult to fully engage in the classroom and this has a direct impact on their social and educational development. Children who have poor eyesight that hasn’t been detected or corrected, are far more likely to drop-out of school and never have the chance to receive the education they deserve. And without a good education the cycle of poverty persists in many of our communities.

Vision

Eye problems often run in families, so it is particularly important to have children tested who have a family history of vision problems. If a child has a problem that is affecting their vision and it is not corrected by age 7 or 8, they may be left with permanently reduced vision and a disability that will affect their ability to do well at school and secure an income as an adult.

CCS believes that vision testing and correction is a fundamental right for all children under the age of 16. Yet children in our communities do not have access or the financial resources to have their eyes checked. In 2017 CCS is launching our Vision Project - our goal is to screen, test and provide corrective glasses to 500 children in each CCS community.

CCS has formed a partnership with Thomson Screening, a company formed by City University London, at the forefront of developing software to manage vision in schools. Our volunteers will be trained how to use this simple software to conduct vision screenings at our partner schools. Children identified with vision problems will then be tested by a local optometrist in a day clinic at the school. CCS will secure the supply of Ready 2 Clip eyeglasses from our partner Essilor, for instant distribution to the children.

Join us for the following project dates:

Ghana: March 31, 2018
Morocco: May 19, 2018
India: July 7, 2018
Costa Rica: October 27, 2018

  • Please indicate your chosen project in the 'comments' box when you enroll online.

Dental

Oral health is fundamental to general health and well-being. A healthy mouth enables an individual to speak, eat and socialize without experiencing active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. Dental caries (tooth decay/cavities) are a major oral health problem in most countries, affecting 60-90% of schoolchildren. It is also the most prevalent oral disease in several Asian and Latin-American countries.

Dental

Many oral health problems are preventable and their early onset reversible. However, in many developing countries a considerable number of children, their parents and teachers have limited knowledge of the causes and prevention of oral disease. Children often lack affordable fluoride toothpaste, have poor access to oral health care and problems are exacerbated by the consumption of sugary snacks & carbonated drinks which is high among children and adolescents. Teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort.

The WHO reports that children who suffer from poor oral health are 12 times more likely to have restricted-activity days than those who do not. More than 50 million school hours are lost annually because of oral health problems which affect children’s performance at school and success in later life.

CCS believes that dental health is a fundamental right for all children under the age of 16. Yet children in our communities do not have access or the financial resources to have their teeth checked. In 2017 CCS is launching our Dental Project - our goal is to educate, screen, and test 500 children in each CCS community.

Join CCS as we promote healthy diets and regular tooth brushing habits and work towards cutting the dropout & absence rates in schools.

Join us for the following project dates:

Tanzania: June 16, 2018
Guatemala: September 8, 2018
Peru: November 2, 2018
Ghana: December 30, 2018

  • Please indicate your chosen project in the 'comments' box when you enroll online.

WASH

WASH in Schools is a campaign spearheaded by a consortium of organizations such as Save the Children, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), WaterAid, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign’s mission is to ensure that all children go to a school with child-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Wash

WASH in Schools programs improve health, foster learning and enable children to participate as agents of change for their siblings, their parents and the community at large. Past surveys have shown that soap is almost universally present in households but its actual use for handwashing is often considerably lower. Handwashing education and facilities are a cost effective and targeted intervention that has huge potential to improve the health outcomes of school children and their families. UNICEF have shown that promoting handwashing with soap in primary schools and daycare centers has reduced the incidence of diarrhea by an average of 30%, while school absenteeism has been reduced by over 50%. The promotion of good hygiene behavior at school can initiate behavior changes that last a lifetime.

CCS believes that good health is a fundamental right for all children under the age of 16. In 2017 CCS is launching our WASH Project - our goal is to educate 500 children in each community and ensure our partners have adequate washing stations equipped with soap and water are near latrines and eating area.

Join the CCS WASH project to improve good hand washing behavior among school children and promote the health & attendance of children at our schools.

Join us for the following project dates:

Peru: March 10, 2018
Guatemala: April 21, 2018
Ghana: August 18, 2018
India: September 29, 2018

  • Please indicate your chosen project in the 'comments' box when you enroll online.

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