"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."
"Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life."
Excerpt: 21-22.06.2019, Rzeszów- MaterCare's Executive Director, Dr. Robert Walley, presented the keynote address, "The Value of Motherhood", at Poland's "Science in the Service of Life" International Congress. ()
Excerpt: This Mother’s Day, May 12th, MaterCare International celebrates the sanctity of the bond between mother and child as we rejoice in the privilege of serving mothers, their children and their families. MaterCare needs your support to continue this mission. In September, we will host our 10th Biennial and 15th International conference in Rome, “Wither/Whither Catholic Health Care?”, featuring international speakers, covering matters of interest to the medical profession, including spiritual, bioethical and professional concerns. Our conference title, asking "Is Catholic Health Care Withering, or Whither can it go?”, is designed to draw attention to the present concerns about the future of the ministry of health care. As ethical, moral and legal principles have undergone and continue to undergo fundamental change, this conference seeks to examine the questions; "Where are we going? What are our responsibilities? What support and resources are available to practitioners of faith?"
Excerpt: Today, Zayn is now nearly 2 years old. Getting a diagnosis of Down Syndrome for your child can be difficult, but life with your child doesn't have to be. Find out more about Down Syndrome and the joy of having a child with DS here at:
MaterCare's Lenten Promise
Lent is a wonderful season during our liturgical year to participate in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent is an opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to our discipleship and to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ. You're invited to join us in this journey!
Christian charity is not only an individual act of kindness, it is an integral part of actively living one’s faith through acts of mercy. In a recent article in Vatican News, “Pope Francis urges believers to promote a culture of generosity, noting that the joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian.”
This year, the St. John Paul II MaterCare Maternity Hospital in Isiolo, Kenya saw an increase in deliveries and patients. We're working on further expansion of the facility to provide more wards and beds for expecting mothers who need them.