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Extending the reach and impact of donation dollars to improve the health and well-being of children

Over the past 25 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has awarded more than $100 million in funding through its Global Grants Program to nonprofits to extend its reach and impact on children’s health and well-being worldwide. As RMHC and our network of local Chapters keep families close to each other and the care they need through our core programs, we also work with a select group of nonprofit organizations around the world that are making an immediate, positive impact on children. 

Beginning in 2017 and throughout 2020, the RMHC Global Grants Program will focus on oral health needs of children ages 0 to 6 in the U.S., and on reducing maternal and child mortality in the first six months of life in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. 

U.S. Pediatric Oral Health Initiative:

At RMHC Global we are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Oral Health America (OHA) with a three-year grant focused on the pediatric oral health needs of the youngest and most vulnerable population of children aged 0 to 6. By partnering with OHA, RMHC Global aims to:

  • Increase access to and utilization of care by providing communities with resources for oral disease prevention;
  • Provide education and best-practice sharing through direct and indirect channels of communication, including online and social media, service providers in community-based settings, oral health and population-based membership organizations, and government agencies; and
  • Support policies that prioritize oral health as a key asset in achieving overall health.

Maternal and Child Health Initiative:

We have a history of working with a number of impressive organizations that address the area of maternal and child health. After a careful needs assessment and review of proposals from a select group of previous grantees, we are pleased to announce that the following four nonprofit organizations have been selected to receive RMHC Global Grants:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – South Africa: RMHC Global will be supporting this program designed to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) by delivering a holistic training approach that focuses on high quality care of the mother and neonate at the healthcare facility and during transportation. The model includes training front-line health workers, developing and implementing an ongoing mentorship program that will provide technical assistance, onsite practice, training and evaluation support, and emergency transportation to reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and potentially mortality. 

  • Andean Health and Development (AHD) – Latin America: Building on prior RMHC funding that markedly expanded Andean Health’s rural family physician residency program and created a medical simulation center, this new RMHC-supported program will create a self-sustaining, public-private system to strengthen maternal and newborn health services in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador, and its surrounding provinces. Andean Health and Development will connect four existing public and eight existing private rural facilities led by AHD residency program graduates, strengthen services at those sites through traditional Community Health Workers hired to facilitate access to quality prenatal care and provide education to women and their families about pregnancy and warning signs of complications; establish telemedicine infrastructure with the 12 partner organizations, develop a triage system, and expand capacity of Hesburgh Hospital. 

  • Curamericas Global – Africa and Latin America:RMHC funds will support a program designed to scale-up the organization’s “Casa Materna” model for reducing maternal/neonatal mortality and child stunting in high-mortality regions of Guatemala. RMHC has previously funded this model that constructs culturally appropriate, locally accessible, fully equipped, community-owned obstetric facilities and builds capacity of paid front-line indigenous health works to provide quality routine and emergency obstetric care and malnutrition screening and counseling. The grant will also further build capacity of the organization’s program in Sierra Leone and help it expand to a new area in Kenya. 

  • Lwala Community Alliance – Africa:RMHC Global Grant funding will help expand the community-led health model developed with previous RMHC support. After achieving a 64% reduction in under-5 mortality and 97% facility delivery rate, Lwala was asked by the Kenyan Ministry of Health to expand its model throughout Migori County in Kenya. The RMHC grant will fund the expansion of the model to serve another 1 million people in government facilities, imbed the community-led health structures within the Kenyan healthcare system and drastically reduce maternal and child mortality. To do so, Lwala will expand the Community Health Workers program, deploy certain devices to reduce post-partum hemorrhaging and train clinicians across nine facilities on neonatal recitation and care protocol.

The RMHC Grant cycle is now closed.

RMHC Global Grant recipients for  the 2017-2020 cycle have been selected. 

RMHC is working with Oral Health America (OHA) to address pediatric oral health needs in the United States – the goal of our funding to OHA is to reduce the incidence of childhood caries by the age of five by providing parent engagement and education, bi-annual oral health screening and fluoride varnish applications, working with families to establish a dental home, and case management for those children identified as high risk. 

Outside of the United States, RMHC is working to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Our grant support will help to advance the work of four outstanding organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, Andean Health and Development, Curamericas Global, and Lwala Community Alliance. The RMHC Grant cycle will re-open in the fourth quarter of 2019.  

Please also note that we reserve the right to adjust program guidelines, including submission deadlines and processes, at any time.


Click here to download a list of past RMHC grants.



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