Medical Impact

Your Gifts Provided Medical Aid to the Sick and Mended Broken Hearts

Believing that every life is precious to God, Cross Catholic Outreach teams up with free and affordable health clinics and other medical partners to ensure that even the most disadvantaged individuals receive the treatment and preventive care they need.

In fiscal year 2020, that commitment took on new meaning as COVID-19 dealt a blow to global health and forced the medical community to adapt to evolving safety guidelines. The gifts from friends like you enabled us to send personal protective equipment to our partners and to help them continue reaching the poor with lifesaving services ranging from health screenings to maternity care to major surgery.

In total, Cross Catholic Outreach shipped about $296.6 million worth of medicines and medical supplies, funded 703 procedures, and brought health education to more than 12,000 people. 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 love of Christ the Healer.

For example, in Ethiopia, you generously helped the Brothers of Good Works provide maternal and infant care services at St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center. And in Nicaragua, you provided expensive asthma medications and other care for mothers and children at Tim’s Clinic.

27 GRANTS PROVIDED TO 14 COUNTRIES

27/14

MEDICAL SUPPLIES SHIPPED TO 9 PARTNER IN 8 COUNTRIES

9/8

PEOPLE PROVIDED WITH HEALTH EDUCATION

12,092

VALUE OF SHIPPED GOODS

$296.6

million

HIGHLIGHTED MEDICAL PROJECT

St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center

Doctors and nurses at a partner clinic

In 2020, Cross Catholic Outreach helped the Brothers of Good Works give free medical care to pregnant women and infants who would otherwise have been unable to obtain the quality care they needed. Cross Catholic Outreach funding supported staff salaries, medicine and supplies at St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center, which received 978 women during the July-December period alone, and served 851 mothers during the January-June period. Of those women, 722 gave birth during this time. Mothers were screened for HIV, and all had access to vaccines, medicine, dietary supplements and other care needed to help them and their babies thrive. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Gabriel Health Center trained health care providers on prevention and case management, supplied personal protective equipment, educated patients, and repurposed a surgical room to allow for social distancing for 24-hour postnatal care.

FAST FACTS

Mothers

722 women gave birth at St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center. All were live births.

Vaccines and
Antiparasitics

1,186 children under age 1 received the tuberculosis vaccine. 1,263 were vaccinated for polio.    1,560 children under age 5 received deworming treatment against common intestinal parasites.

HIV

1,905 pregnant, laboring and lactating women were tested for HIV. 11 mothers tested positive and were connected with a special type of antiretroviral treatment program to help prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Funding

Cross Catholic Outreach provided $60,909 to St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center in 2020.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.