What we do: Direct service

CHEERing provides direct service every week at several refugee camps in the Attika region, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations, and intensive support at the Elna Maternity Center in central Athens. Each week we weigh, measure, and track growth in babies, and offer support to mothers of young infants. We also provide sessions for refugee…

What we do: Professional training

Training of agencies, including medical professionals and volunteers who work daily with refugee populations, is key to preventing infant health problems. If you would like us to train your organization, please contact us at CHEERinGreece@cheering.eu . We also present at professional and academic conferences.

Temporary Number of Insurance and Healthcare for Foreigners (PAAYPA/ΠΑΑΥΠΑ)

Today, the Ministry of Migration & Asylum announced that the implementation process where asylum seekers and immigrants will be issued with a Temporary Number of Insurance and Healthcare for Foreigners (PAAYPA/ΠΑΑΥΠΑ) that will be completed by mid-April. The numbers are issued automatically together with their asylum seeker’s card by the Asylum Service, and all asylum…

Shelter in place: Room in!

Rooming in means mothers and infants staying together in the hospital. This is one of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Also, when large scale infections like COVID-19 are in the air, the safest place for the healthy baby is the mother’s room in the hospital. This prevents babies from being exposed to other babies…

Now in Greek: Infant Feeding and COVID-19 remote presentation for refugees

CHEERing’s remote presentation on Infant Feeding and COVID-19 is now available in Greek for easy use by Greek speakers working with refugees. The presentation can also be easily translated for use with refugees speaking other languages. CHEERing is run by public health professionals with expertise in breastfeeding, infant feeding and nutrition, and has direct experience…

Breastfeeding and COVID-19: CHEERing remote presentations for refugees

CHEERing is already fielding many questions from anxious refugee families. “Can I still breastfeed in this epidemic?” “Will my baby catch the virus?” “How can I protect the baby?” The WHO recommends breastfeeding in emergencies. Breastfeeding protects infants against most viruses due to immune properties and antibodies. It also means babies do not need feeding…

In emergencies, breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed

The coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic is an emergency. Infant Feeding in Emergencies guidelines say, breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and continue to breastfeed after 6 months while adding solid foods. Think about it. What is the alternative? Women in camps and temporary settings do not have reliable access to formula, clean water, clean bottles, refrigeration, sterilization. We…

COVID-19 Information in Multiple Languages

Please find below the COVID-19 Information released by the Hellenic General Secretariat of Civil Protection. You will find information below in English, Greek, Farsi, Arabic and French. The source of the information can be found here: https://www.civilprotection.gr/en/koronoios-covid-19-hrisimes-odigies You can also find useful information (in Greek) on EODY’s website:  https://eody.gov.gr/neos-koronaios-covid-19/The information hotline is open 24 hours: call…

Don’t Get Sick – CHEERing remote presentations for refugees

While many of us cannot interact directly with the refugee community in this tough time, CHEERing is making online that are current and relevant. You can use them now and in future. Here is our 1st training. It’s an online version of Don’t Get Sick, which CHEERing trainer Paige Beliveau presented in several camps this…