Brother Wossen, a health officer at Saint Gabriel Catholic Health Center, administers a vaccine. The brothers serve each patient with the compassion of Christ, upholding the value and dignity of human life.
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Health Impact

Healing the Sick and Mending Broken Hearts

Every life is precious to God, and as Catholics, we are called to respond to the needs of the sick as a Corporal Work of Mercy. That’s why Cross Catholic Outreach provides support and resources for free and affordable health programs that serve the poor. It is a mission that ensures even the most disadvantaged families receive the preventive care and medical treatments they deserve.

In fiscal year 2023, we continued to empower our Catholic ministry partners to look after the health needs of the sick and injured. In total, Cross Catholic Outreach provided $378,165,624 in grants and material aid — including medicines and medical supplies and salaries for 61 medical staff and medical support staff. There was also the less tangible but no less important impact on hearts and souls as our Catholic partners ministered to the poor with the healing touch of Christ. For example, in Ethiopia, our supporters empowered the Brothers of Good Works to provide prenatal care for mothers and their children at the Saint Gabriel Catholic Health Center. Generous Catholics also helped launch a mobile clinic in Malawi, which is now providing compassionate support for families in remote communities that previously lacked access to medical care.

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

24
Projects
11
Countries
Grants Provided
42,886
People
Received Health Education
321
Mothers
Received Maternal Care
64
People
Received Medical Procedures

IMPROVED SURGICAL CARE IN WESTERN ZAMBIA

DAUGHTERS OF THE REDEEMER

A Catholic bishop, two religious sisters and five other gentlemen stand around an operating table in a medical facility.
Bishop Evans Chinyama Chinyemba blessed the new surgical center on July 21. The Daughters of the Redeemer have now opened the facility to serve the public.

According to the CIA World Factbook, about one doctor is available to serve every 1,000 people in Zambia, and the average life expectancy there is roughly 14 years less than in the United States. Quality medical care can be nearly impossible to access, especially for the very poor in remote rural communities.

Through Mangango Mission Hospital, the Daughters of the Redeemer strive to provide compassionate care for impoverished families in Zambia’s Western Province. Without the resources to upgrade the hospital’s decades-old facilities and equipment, however, the staff often had to refer patients to other clinics and medical centers up to 124 miles away.

Thanks to our supporters’ generosity, we were recently able to fund the construction and furnishing of a new two-room surgical center to support the hospital in its mission! This addition was blessed by the local bishop in July and is making improved health care more accessible for approximately 64,000 people in the area.

Fast Facts

History

Cross Catholic Outreach has partnered with the Daughters of the Redeemer since 2016 to improve health care and quality of life for the very poor.

Community

The Daughters of the Redeemer are an indigenous congregation founded in Lusaka, Zambia. They work in three provinces throughout the country.

Values

The Daughters of the Redeemer’s charism is “to share intimately and whole-heartedly in the redemptive work of Christ.”

Other Outreaches

In addition to supporting the Daughters of the Redeemer in their health programs, Cross Catholic Outreach is helping the sisters improve food security, as well as access to education and clean water.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.