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.
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.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER
"As maternal health care providers, we believe it is our responsibility to offer an alternative to a choice-based consumer culture that prizes wealth and power over inherent value and dignity. We acknowledge that people are shaped by their surroundings. Our focus is to surround women and children with an alternative perspective of life based on community, charity and potentiality. Mothers deserve to be at the centre of our discussions and acknowledgements about womanhood." Dr. Robert Walley