MaterCare serves the needs of mothers worldwide, and we do all this from an office in St. John's, Newfoundland. Our office needs a new color printer and ongoing supplies, but we at MaterCare spend well below the industry average on administration, putting over 95 percent of all donations directly back into projects!
MaterCare has been endorsed by many highly reguarded international figures, including:
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI
Project Isiolo provides a much needed hospital for high risk mothers. The modest centre, located in the centre and at the crossroad of Kenya, is fully equipped and staffed to provide Level 1 obstetrical services. The project also provides emergency transport and communication. The roads in the region are difficult to travel and require a fully equipped 4 X 4 ambulance to get mothers who require life saving services. Satellite phones and radios will link up villages to nursing stations and to the maternity hospital.
MaterCare International provides training courses for TBAs (traditional birth attendants) and midwives to refer high risk mothers to the maternity hospital where they can be monitored by doctors and nurses. These mothers stay in maternity waiting homes located in the hospital compound, these structures are called manyattas.
The cost for the full project over 5 years is almost US$ 5 million. Today, we have raised over US$620 000 from generous donors, women's organizations, a few foundations, the States of Guernsey (Channel Islands), and the Italian Episcopal Conference of Bishops. Government and government aid agencies have not contributed at all. We constantly apply but are constantly rejected. From our visits and from the experience of local TBAs and midwives- there are no services for mothers and they continue to suffer and die. Project Isiolo is a solution to this ongoing neglect.
"It is great to see Project Isiolo expanding. There is a great need to get back out to the village level and provide lifesaving care. The statistics for maternal deaths is extremely high for Kenya with a rate of 790 per 100,000, but I am quite sure that number is much higher as there are no statistics for many villages as there is no care. Villagers are not registered and so they are unknown to the national government and not incorporated into any statistics. We heard several stories of maternal deaths that went unreported, therefore not counted in statistics. The hospital is almost at a point of being self sustainable which would allow us to expand Project Isiolo at the village level as was planned originally with Bishop Locati." Simon Walley, Project Manager, Kenya Report, 2018.
2016 Project Milestones and Construction Updates:
A new Field Officer was hired and has been operating in Isiolo since October
The Merti Clinic received a new solar system that was installed in November
Laundry and kitchen facilities were completed and are now open and operating. The aim is to also generate income from the laundry and kitchen with contracts from outside businesses.
The on call doctors apartment is 95% complete and now need to furnish. ($3000 approx)
Completed the workshop and storage in the basement of the laundry and kitchen. Remaining section has to be completed.
Completed construction of the underground water tanks that will collect rainwater for use around the hospital compound, for example, the vegetable garden where the Sisters grow produce for use in the hospital, as well as to sell excess for income.
Upgraded and completed much needed maintenance.
Completed the security fence around the hospital compound. This will provide security for mothers, babies and staff members as well as secure expensive equipment.
For 2017 MCI will continue the next phase of construction depending on donations/grants. Construction goals include:
Completion/equipping of the laundry and kitchen basement which will have 3 store rooms, 5 offices, and a conference hall. (approx:$45,000)
Construct ante-natal clinic/out-patient which will include offices for doctors and nurses, outpatients, pharmacy and laboratory. (approx:$250,000)
Construct mortuary (small) (approx: $28,000)
An appeal is needed urgently for staff salaries. In order to keep the hospital operating and staffed.
An appeal is also needed for an anaesthetic machine as soon as possible ($28,000 estimated cost).
The national doctors strike has resulted in significant increase in number of deliveries at the hospital.
(Photo: St. John Paul II MaterCare Maternity Hospital, Isiolo)