JUNE 2015: Mothers Matter is MaterCare International's monthly eNewsletter updating you on the latest events and projects. 
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PATIENTS SERVED: The numbers are in...

The number of patients cared for by MaterCare were updated as of May 25, 2015.

The number of patients being cared for at the MaterCare hospital in Isiolo, Kenya continues to grow, from 1,850 patients over the age of 5 in 2013 to 3,535 patients over the age of 5 in 2014! 

The numbers for our Merti clinic are also in.

Thank you to our incredible and gifted staff, Isiolo: 31 Staff Members, Merti Clinic: 3 Staff Members

Find out more here on our website >>

Project Isiolo Update: Anemic Mother Gets Emergency Care 
May 6, 2015


This is a referral from Magadala, 52kms to Merti, who had to be brought all the way to MaterCare’s hospital in Isiolo, 172km from Merti.

Mother went to Merti at 9:35 PM with complaints of abdominal pains. On examination she was 28 weeks gestation. On V.E., the Merti nurse noted CORD PROLAPSE, which was still pulsating, presenting part was cephalic, Meconium grade 2. Delivery was hastened and at 11:45 AM she had a live male infant, weighing 3.97lbs, placenta and membranes were delivered. After 30 minutes, mother started bleeding. She was closely monitored and cared for. By 6:00 AM, she had minimal bleeding. Red Cross Ambulance, which was to bring them to Isiolo, left without their notice. At 9:00 AM, the Merti nurse called our hospital in need of an ambulance, and we sent the driver to go for her. He left at 9:00 AM and arrived back at 7:30 PM, an all day journey due to poor road conditions. We received mother and baby. Since the baby was a premature, we put him in the new-born (NICU) unit. We took the vitals of the mother, and her H.B was 3g/dl. We didn’t have the blood she needed, nor did the Isiolo District.

We went all the way to Mathari Nyeri where we got 2 pints for her. We transfused, and she is stable and finally free from further complications.

The mother is still with us in the hospital being monitored.

-Sister Emily Jebii


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To our loyal supporters!

- The MaterCare Team

Our 11th international conference will take place from August 31-Sept. 4 in Rome. 

Interested in attending? Complete and send our registration form.

You can also print our flyer-sized conference poster here and share it with your local community and churches. 

This year's conference theme is “Maternal Health and the Catholic Conscience”. Under the headings of Conviction, Competence, Community and Compassion, a particular focus will be placed on the discrimination befalling practicing Catholic Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Midwives as well as the training of medical students and specialists. 

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 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”. 

Other speakers include two senior midwives who lost their case before the Supreme Court to uphold their right to conscientious objection in the supervision of abortion procedures. All of these colleagues, who responded to a vocation in medicine, are now unemployed.

Understanding the crucial place of faith in practice has never been more important.

Register for the conference today.


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