MaterCare International in Mission: This paper describes the history of MCI’s formation.

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

MaterCare International in Mission

Bogdan Chazan, MD, PhD, Elvis I. Šeman, MBBS, FRANZCOG, EUCOGE, FRCOG, NFPMC, PhD, Simon Walley, BA

First Published December 15, 2021 Research Article

https://doi.org/10.1177/00243639211038166 Article information

Abstract MaterCare International (MCI) is an international group of Catholic obstetricians and gynecologists, which has adopted a preferential option for 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. This is achieved through new initiatives of service, training, research, and advocacy, which are designed to reduce the tragic levels of abortion world-wide, and maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. This paper describes the history of MCI’s formation, how it developed and applied a model of comprehensive rural maternity care for developing countries, and numerous other activities upholding the dignity of life and providing advocacy for women and their children. The future of MCI lies in our answer to the 2001 call of Saint Pope John Paul II to the medical profession to “commit whole-heartedly to the service of human life … promoting the ideal of unambiguous service to the miracle of life!”


Keywords Abortion, Conscience in medicine, Catholic teaching on family, Evangelization and medical practice, Fertility awareness, Healthcare in developing nations, Maternal mortality, Obstetrical care, St. John Paul II, Women’s reproductive issues


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