Heat for Herat

It’s cold and bleak right now in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, but CHEERing’s Grow Clinic provides ongoing hope and warmth – literally – for many families in Herat. Stichting Salaam came to the rescue after seeing our photos of children and families freezing in our Clinic and classroom, and contributed 300E to buy…

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds

CHEERing Director Anne Merewood presented with colleague Camie Goldhammer in December 2022, on decreasing racial disparities in breastfeeding, for the New York State Department of Health in Albany New York. The presentation is an annual event together with the University at Albany School of Public Health, and attracts a live audience of over 1000.

Shukran, Stichting Salaam!

CHEERing’s football players are scoring goals with happier feet – thanks to Rahma Hulsman and her team from Stichting Salaam in the Netherlands. Rahma and her colleagues returned to Athens in a characteristic whirl of energy last week, and promptly bought 37 pairs of new football shoes for our older players here. They even sent…

Football feet at our Athens training site

Thanks to Eirinie and her crew from Acupuncturists without Borders, CHEERing’s football team enjoyed foot massage and reflexology at the Renti training ground in Athens this week. As part of CHEERing’s Barca Foundation-funded Futbolnet program, Football Fit provides preventive health screening, dental referrals, nutrition support and other basic public health interventions to help our players…

CHEERing presents at APHA!

Former CHEERing volunteers Mariam and Charlie presented two sessions at the American Public Health Association conference this week in Boston, while CHEER, our parent center in Boston, USA, presented on our work in Mississippi, breastfeeding, and health equity. Dr Mariam Jaffer hosted a round table about COVID vaccination uptake in a population of refugees in…

War on worms

Imagine being a parent and seeing your child has worms, with no way to get rid of them. The medical advice is, wash underwear in hot water, clip nails short, and don’t play in the dirt. Which doesn’t work too well when you have no underwear, 1 washing machine per 300 people, no nail clippers…

Updates from CHEERing Afghanistan

CHEERing’s Herat team have leapt into action to help the world’s neediest children. As word spreads, Samana, our midwife-leader has been called to visit some desperate families at home, and many mothers are bringing children to the Grow Clinic with disabilities and severe nutritional needs. Mothers are breastfeeding their infants, but toddlers and older children…

Football fit screenings launch for 2022/23 season

Thanks to funding from the Barca Foundation, CHEERing can screen and refer our footballers for many basic health concerns like dental care, vision problems, and anemia. As an intro to the program, we led a craft activity making cardboard glasses at the cooking class last week! Last year we worked only with kids in Malakasa…

A new trophy and a lot of vitamins….this week at CHEERing FC!

Wednesday October 5th: CHEERing Utd won the summer cup at Eleonas Football Club tonight with a 4-2 victory over Piraeus FC. It was a hard-fought match with some unfortunate injuries to CHEERing but the team were patient, skilled and determined and overcame some fierce opposition to bring back trophy number 5 to the CHEERing office…