24 June 2015

"Reproductive justice for all moms"

MCI was recently mentioned in the article, "Reproductive Justice for All Moms"

"It is difficult to imagine anything more in keeping with reproductive justice , defined by one reproductive rights group as “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls,” than for women to have access to all existing means to safely deliver their children. [...]

Of the billions of dollars that have been spent on “reproductive health programs,” only a fraction of the funding has been spent on prenatal and obstetric care. As pointed out by MaterCare International, an organization devoted to promoting maternal health care in developing nations, we are all familiar with crimes of commission against women in these countries — sexual assault, genital mutilation, torture — but the extreme neglect that mothers face as a result of insufficient maternal care is just as deadly."

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23 June 2015

Upcoming Event: July 17th

Did you know...that most parts of Isiolo County are arid and receives less than 150 mm of water annually? Areas like Garbatulla are totally dry and no agricultural activity takes place. Collection and treatment of rain and waste water is an essential part of Project Isiolo. Find out more during our upcoming webinar!
MaterCare On-Air: Project Isiolo
Join us for this FREE online presentation and discussion
about MaterCare’s maternity hospital in Isiolo, Kenya.
Friday, July 17th, 2015
10:30am Eastern Standard Time
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15 June 2015

PRESS RELEASE: "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience"

In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International themes international conference "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience" 
June 15, 2015 St. John's, NL:
In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International (MCI) has themed their international conference "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience" and will focus on discrimination befalling practicing Catholic Obstetricians, Gynaecologists and Midwives as well as the training of medical students and future specialists. View the full conference programme here. 

The 11th international conference in Rome will take place from August 31 to September 4, 2015. 

Among the featured speakers will be Professor Bogdan Chazan, one of the most senior specialists in Warsaw who recently was dismissed from his position as the CEO of the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, on the grounds of his refusal to abort a baby with lethal congenital anomalies. The Prime Minster of Poland at the time responded in a public statement saying “law comes before faith”. Charges of professional misconduct have since been dismissed, but Professor Chazan has not been reinstated in his position. 
Other speakers include two senior midwives who lost their case before the Supreme Court, of the UK,to uphold their right to conscientious objection in the supervision of abortion procedures.
"All of this has profound significance for the future of health care and the ministry of the church, especially as lay health professionals take the place of religious. The covenant relationship that used to exist between doctor and patient, second only to that of the priest, is being corrupted such that doctors are now becoming simply technicians who will be required by state law to end life both at the beginning and the end – perhaps even without the consent from whom they are caring for. This will no doubt continue to encompass more lives as the cost of care for severely premature babies, the elderly, and those with terminal illnesses rises. Few young doctors are entering the specialty of obstetrics and others sadly compromise their moral integrity in order to sustain their careers. For mothers the developing world relying on foreign aid, the situation raises the question, where will they receive care from doctors who respect their dignity, faith beliefs and decisions about their babies and families?" stated Dr. Robert Walley, Executive Director of MCI. 
The group is urging delegates from around the world to attend the conference in order to discuss the future of the Church's health care ministry to mothers.

Dr. Robert Walley, Executive Director of MaterCare International
Ph: (709) 579-6472 

Simon Walley, Project Manager
Ph: (709) 685-6503
Email: info@matercare.org
MaterCare International (MCI)