What we do: Direct service

CHEERing provides direct service every week at Skaramagas, Oinofyta, and Eleonas refugee camps, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations, and intensive support at the Provocando la Paz shelter 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.

CHEERing presents at APHA

CHEERing’s National Director in Greece, Airinie Azhar, presented this week about the situation in Greek refugee camps around infant feeding, at the American Public Health Association meeting in Philadelphia, USA. APHA is one of the biggest public health organizations in the world, and their annual conference attracts thousands of attendees. To read the presentation abstract,…

CHEERing’s rapid response work

With the recent influx of refugees to the islands and from the islands to the mainland, pregnant women and families with infants are often moved ‘en masse’ to new sites which are not always immediately equipped to help them. CHEERing’s emergency response team can conduct emergency assessments of babies’ nutritional status, and advise on supplemental…

CHEERing joins Social Dynamo!

CHEERing has been chosen to take part in the Bodossaki Foundation’s Social Dynamo program! Social Dynamo offers training, professional support and networking to NGOs and is a collaborative initiative between the Bodossaki Foundation and the City of Athens Municipality. CHEERing’s Director in Greece, Airinie Azhar, will represent our NGO at weekly sessions throughout the winter,…

Breastfeeding CHAMPion

Each week our sister organization in the US, CHEER, nominates a breastfeeding CHAMPion of the week. This week’s ChAMPion is a special young woman living in Greece. “Elise” (name changed to protect confidentiality) is a refugee living in an Athens shelter, with her husband and baby. The family sought refuge here from the ongoing war…

Infant massage at Eleonas camp

Today, September 23rd, CHEERing held an infant massage session for mothers and babies living at the Eleonas camp. Shaista Karimi, our interpreter, breastfeeding counselor, and certified physiotherapist, led the session. It is hard to describe how moving it is, when calm descends on a room full of concerned mothers and crying infants when Shaista begins…

Breastfeeding and reproductive health for Dads and Dads to be!

September 2019: Thanks to funding from WABA (the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action), CHEERing held the first 2 of 4 training and support sessions for fathers this month, around breastfeeding and reproductive health. Dr Tomas Andriotti (2nd from left), a Brazilian obstetrician visiting with CHEERing from Harvard University in the USA, taught the sessions at…

Congrats to Shaista!

Shaista Karimi, CHEERing’s wonderful Farsi translator, is now officially our breastfeeding counselor as well! Shaista completed the Lactation Education Resources 20 hours online course which gives her an in-depth knowledge of lactation and breastfeeding’s contextual setting. We are grateful to Shaista for all her help, and to Help Refugees who helped fund CHEERing to train…

Sessions: Basic First Aid

Last month, our team ran a first aid training session for mothers, fathers, and shelter staff at Elna Maternity Center. Our volunteer, Becca, used her background as a medical student to cover topics such as burns, fainting, choking, panic attacks, bleeding, and CPR (pictured!), with help from Shaista, who has extensive experience as a nurse…

CHEERing vaccination checker: Updated to new standards

We at CHEERing have updated our vaccine checker tool, to help our team and the aid field at large, to assess infant vaccination status among refugees in Greece. The Greek vaccination schedule was adjusted in the summer of 2019, and our new chart reflects that update. We have also added a visual aid showing where…