MaterCare International is an organization of Catholic health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and babies. 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.
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GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.
This GivingTuesday, MaterCare is raising $5,000 for travel costs and needs assessment of potential maternal health projects in Uganda and Rwanda.
The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births per year. According to World Health Organization 2017 reports, the MMR in Rwanda is 184 to 387 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda's ratio has consistently been high at 278 to 523 deaths per 100,000 live births. These rates increase in rural areas without access to obstetrical care.
To put this in perspective, the Canadian ratio is 10 deaths per 100,000.
TOGETHER, we CAN save the lives of mothers and their children.
MaterCare operates in countries around the world to protect and serve the lives of mothers and their children. Since 1995, MaterCare has been striving to promote the dignity of mothers and health care workers in the field of obstetrics.
Services from MaterCare include:
MaterCare International runs projects across the world, including projects in Kenya, Haiti and Ghana. New opportunities to partner in Uganda and Rwanda for future projects are currently under review.
This idea for a Catholic obstetrical group was first presented at a plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “Cor Unum” in the Vatican in 1982. In 1986, an international meeting of Catholic health care professionals was convened at a retreat centre in Rome. The 15 member group assembled included; a Ghanaian Bishop, the superior general of a medical religious congregation, the president of the Canadian Catholic Health Association and doctors and midwives from all of the continents. The mission documents were formulated for would lead to the formation of MCI some years later.