MaterCare is an organization of Catholic health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and babies, both born and unborn, through new initiatives of service, training, research and advocacy, which are designed to reduce the tragically high rates of maternal mortality, morbidity and abortion. MCI’s mission is to carry out the work of Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life) by improving the lives and health of mothers and babies both born and unborn, through new initiatives of service, training, research, and advocacy designed to reduce the tragic levels of abortion world-wide and maternal and perinatal mortality, morbidity in developing countries. Donate Here >>
This year has been one of great progress but also of great focus. MaterCare International was formally established in 1995, because St. John Paul II asked us to illustrate, concretely, the responsibility of the medical profession some years before. Not only to take on practical projects, like our work in Haiti, Ghana and our most current Project Isiolo, but also to provide support and education for medical practitioners suffering from persecution in totalitarian regimes that challenge their abilities and vocations to practice both medicine and their faith. Our service is with a focus on hope and life, not neglect and death.
At MCI's first International workshop in 2001, which attracted 120 obstetricians from 40 countries , Pope John-Paul commented at a private audience; “Your profession has become still more important and your responsibility still greater in today’s cultural and social context, in which science and the practice of medicine risk losing sight of their inherent ethical dimension, [and] health-care professionals can be strongly tempted at times to become manipulators of life, or even agents of death.”
Even though we are experiencing a doctor shortage here in Canada, the struggle to practice medicine in concurrency with practice the Catholic faith are still very real. Globally, many doctors are being forced from their positions. It takes courage and conviction to stand up for what is right. Our projects serve as beacons of hope, shining examples of what is possible. The comprehensive obstetrical care we’ve been promoting for decades and made into a reality in Isiolo are at last being recognized as the only meaningful and coherent way to reduce maternal mortality. In November, the World Health Organization finally officially acknowledged the need for comprehensive maternal health care. Stating that, "Antenatal care is a critical opportunity for health providers to deliver care, support and information to pregnant women." And that, "Last year, an estimated 303 000 women died from pregnancy-related causes, 2.7 million babies died during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies were stillborn. Quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth can prevent many of these deaths, yet globally only 64% of women receive antenatal (prenatal) care four or more times throughout their pregnancy."
We cannot continue this vital work without the support of regular donors. If you have never given before, please consider donating. If you have already donated or are a past supporter, THANK YOU!
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A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
Dr. Robert Walley, Founder and Executive Director
MaterCare International (Canada) Inc.
Registered Charity Number 87426 6943 RR0001
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PROJECT ISIOLO: Find the latest Project Isiolo construction and update photos here >>
(photos updated last on November 8, 2016)
Featured Project: Kenya
MaterCare International in partnership with the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo, Kenya started Project Isiolo: a Comprehensive Rural Obstetrical Services and Training Program in February 2009 with a ground breaking ceremony and blessing. Kenya has one of the highest maternal mortality and morbidity rates in Africa. There are virtually no obstetricians, nurses, or midwives serving this vast central and northern region of Kenya where mortality rates are even higher. The purpose of the project is to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. MaterCare International has constructed a maternity hospital in Isiolo. The newly operating MaterCare maternity hospital in Isiolo, Kenya may be the first hospital in the world to be named after the Pope John Paul II after Pope Francis proclaimed him a saint on Sunday, April 27th, 2014. The hospital, which serves rural women and children, has been operating since 2013. The number of patients being cared for at the hospital continues to grow, from 1,850 patients over the age of 5 in 2013 to 3,535 patients over the age of 5 in 2014.
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