MaterCare International in partnership with the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo, Kenya started Project Isiolo, a Comprehensive Rural Obstetrical Services and Training Program, in February of 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.
The newly built and operating MaterCare maternity hospital in Isiolo, Kenya may be the first hospital in the world to have been 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.
Project Isiolo provides a much needed hospital and clinic for high risk mothers. The 30-bed centre, located in the centre and at the crossroad of Kenya, is fully equipped and staffed to provide Level 1 obstetrical services. The project also provides emergency transport and communication, in addition to a donated WeCare Solar solar suitcase. The roads in the region are difficult to travel and require a fully equipped 4 X 4 ambulance to get mothers who require life saving services.
ST JOHN PAUL II MATERCARE MATERNITY HOSPITAL UPDATES AND PHOTOS AT PROJECT ISIOLO