Welcome to MACA
MACA helps empower communities around the world by working with local leaders and providing education, resources and networks to help create effective solutions to local problems.
MACA - Medical Ambassadors of Canada Association has been collaborating with communities around the globe since 1989. MACA is a registered non-profit Canadian charity that acts as infrastructure to deliver CHE community development programs. CHE is a holistic training approach practiced in over 80 countries around the world.
How is MACA different from other non-profits that provide community development programs?
We are proactive. We do not offer reactive solutions or a band-aid; MACA offers education, resources, and networking that allows communities to discover their own solutions and create meaningful answers to problems.
We contextualize CHE specifically to the region, political environment, and community in order to make projects effective, sustainable and meaningful.
MACA's goal is to help foster community ownership and self-reliance.
Che villages in need after two devastating hurricanes hit Nicaragua
Medical Ambassadors Canada and our sister organization Medical Ambassadors International are asking you to consider giving to this emergency situation. More than 300 homes in rural CHE villages were under water after the first of two devastating hurricanes hit Nicaragua last week. Because we have a strong relationship with CHE leaders in this area, we are confident that donations sent through us will go to the biggest needs in the community right now. Please consider giving to this urgent need for our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua by clicking the Donate button and designating your gift to Nicaragua. As always, your donations are eligible for charitable tax receipts through MACA.
Psychological First Aid Training Available now!
MACA has produced online training programs in Psychological First Aid - PFA.
Fires, Hurricanes, War, Floods, Covid19. All of these types of social disruption have an effect on individuals. Psychological First Aid is helpful during these times. Whether we are working for a large aid relief organization or if we are a member of a church or neighbourhood community we can provide Psychological First Aid to those in need
This course is appropriate for churches, international community development workers, community league members, missionaries, and anyone who has an interest. This is just as much for laypeople and volunteers as it is for paid community workers.
Courses will be conducted online (ZOOM) using three, 90 minute sessions, or five one hour sessions. Sessions can be conducted in English or in Spanish. MACA likes to use interactive training techniques so participant participation is requested.
Material is provided by a number of resources including Red Cross, WHO, Wheaton College, Dr. Bibiana Mac Leod, and several other listed resources. Individuals who have taken the training can take course material to be used within their own communities. There is no charge for the training.
We are able to offer sessions once every two weeks for the next few months or as required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to show your interest.
*Covid 19 UPDATE*
We are aware of the current situation in the world in response to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID 19, and we have called all of our overseas workers home and they will be self-isolating after returning from abroad, which we hope will be by Friday, March 20.
We believe that the CHE initiatives we have around the globe will help to mitigate the loss and suffering during this pandemic and hope to see how our practices can be used for future pandemic planning as well. We all need to depend on our neighbours and community during this time, which is a major tenant of our development work. CHE workers have been teaching hand hygiene, preventative measures and visiting the most vulnerable to make sure they will not be exposed to the virus and have what they adequate supplies deemed necessary for life, like food and water.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will make ourselves available for consultations with various CHE communities and directors via various technological systems we already have in place.
Let's support each other through this, and use it to learn how to better control any future pandemics of this kind.