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Health Impact Update

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 2022, 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 $313,361,287 in grants and material aid — including medicines and medical supplies and 93 medical staff and medical support staff salaries. 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, your support empowered the Brothers of Good Works to provide prenatal care to more than 1,800 mothers at the Saint Gabriel Catholic Health Center. You also helped the Daughter of the Redeemer staff the Mangango Mission Hospital in Zambia with medical professionals who serve patients with dignity and respect. And in Haiti, you helped treat and screen women for breast cancer through the Diocese of Jeremie’s Women’s Health Program.

Grants Provided
Received Health Education
Received Maternal Care
Received Medical Procedures



A medical worker listens to a patient’s heart and lungs with a stethoscope.

The body is a temple to the Holy Spirit, so it is a great tragedy when poverty threatens a person’s physical well-being. As faithful Catholics, we should do all we can to restore the health of men, women and children in need.

That is why we were drawn to rural Malawi. There, the threat of dangerous infections is high because only 6% of the country’s citizens have access to improved sanitation facilities — and there is only one doctor for every 25,000 people, placing quality medical care out of reach for thousands of families.

During the 2022 fiscal year, Cross Catholic Outreach expanded its partnership with Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka and the Diocese of Karonga to address the bodily needs of local families, including outreaches to restore health, provide clean water, improve sanitation services and supply more nutritious foods.

Our partnership yielded one of its greatest accomplishments in October 2021 when Bishop Mtumbuka blessed the Saint Cynthia Health Center, a new medical facility built and staffed through the generosity of Cross Catholic Outreach benefactors. It now provides local families with a maternity ward, a water system, public toilets, a mother’s waiting home and an outpatient facility.

By the end of the 2022 fiscal year, this facility had already provided medical support to 9,384 children and 1,666 adults. May God bless all those who linked arms with Cross Catholic Outreach to make this incredible blessing possible for our brothers and sisters in Malawi!

Fast Facts


Cross Catholic Outreach began partnering with the Diocese of Karonga in 2019, just nine years after Pope Benedict XVI established the diocese.


During the 2022 fiscal year, six community water systems were built along with 394 individual sanitation facilities, blessing 1,650 children and 1,297 adults with clean water and sanitation.


Thanks to our supporters, stomachs were filled with 273,420 protein-rich meals through our first shipment of Vitafood to Malawi.


In addition to opening a hospital, Cross Catholic Outreach arranged for the purchase of an ambulance to safely transport patients.

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.