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MaterCare invited to Prime Minister's Summit: 

Canada will host a high-level Summit on maternal, newborn and child health from May 28-30, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario.

MaterCare's Executive Director, Dr. Robert Walley, has been invited to attend and will represent MaterCare International by providing an advocate voice for maternal and newborn health initiatives that preserve the dignity of motherhood. 

From the Prime Minister's website: "The Summit – which builds on Canada’s leadership in maternal, newborn and child health – will bring together Canadian stakeholders and experts, as well as global leaders from developed and developing countries, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and foundations to take stock of the progress made to date and discuss the way forward."

UPCOMING EVENT: Billing`s Method Training Course

Are you interested in learning more about the Billings Ovulation Method, or looking to become a certified teacher...


*Sponsored by MaterCare International *
 *In association with WOOMB Australia*
 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND to Friday, NOVEMBER 7th, 2014

*Objectives*:  To train and certify WOOMB teachers, especially in rural areas and to re-establish a WOOMB organization in Kenya.

*Speakers*:  Include two Senior Trainers from
 WOOMB International from Melbourne Australia who were close collaborators
 for many years with the Drs Billings.   Other international speakers are
 from Kenya, Canada, Tanzania and Sudan.

*Space:*   50 registrants.

*Certification*:   A Certificate of Attendance will be offered to those who successfully complete the conference exam. For those wishing to gain accreditation as a Billings Ovulation Method teacher, further training will be offered through email by Australia.

*Open*:  To any interested party, no previous qualification necessary.
*Language*:    English.

*Applications*: Mrs. Doris O’Brien  *Email*:   *Tel*: (254) 0705435204

*Registration fee:*
5,000 KSH (all course materials and certificate) (approximately $65 Canadian) 
15,000 KSH for accommodation (includes 3 meals/ per day) (approximately $190 Canadian)

The Billings Ovulation Method™* is used by millions of women around the world.  It was developed by Australian doctors, John and Evelyn Billings, validated by eminent international scientists and successfully evaluated by the World Health Organisation.
The method is easy to learn and simple to use, and once the natural signals of fertility are understood, the Billings Ovulation Method™ is confidently used to achieve or avoid pregnancy.  An important side benefit is that this knowledge also provides information to the woman which safeguards her reproductive health. To learn more about Billings, visit

Dr. Robert Walley`s Report from Kenya, May 2014:


Meeting with Senior Assistant to the First Lady of Kenya and the Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program-


I am very grateful to Fr. Conor Donnelly for having arranged this meeting through his contacts. This meeting concerned the initiatives of the First Ladies of Africa. The Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta`s initiative is “A Strategic Framework for the Engagement of the First Lady in HIV Control and Promotion of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Kenya” The meeting was the Director of the AIDS Programme who, as an Ob/Gyn, is also the Director of the Maternal and New-born care Programme. They were interested in Project Isiolo, the 91% solution, the Charter of Maternal Rights as well as the future Obstetric Fistula treatment, rehabilitation and training centre at the MaterCare Isiolo compound. They were very interested in Project Isiolo and would like to meet again. We thank Father Conor Donnelly for his work on this, and for the dedication and interest of the leaders we met with.
-Dr. Robert Walley

Catholic Women`s League:

MaterCare is giving special thanks today to the Catholic Women's League (CWL) for their continued support.

The St. Peter's CWL in British Columbia organized a collection at the annual Knights of Columbus Mother's Day pancake breakfast at their parish. 

"Each year, the Knights of Columbus serve the mothers of the parish a free pancake breakfast complete with sausages, whipped cream and strawberries. We thought this would be an excellent chance to educate the public [about MaterCare] and collect donations at the same time. We believe that MaterCare is doing a wonderful job and are pleased to assist in any way possible." -Agnes Geiger

MCI is eternally grateful to the women of CWL for their support and advocacy for women and mothers around the world. THANK YOU!

(Below: Barbara Caumatin and Agnes Geiger of CWL)

MaterCare International is grateful to our supporters from the Catholic Women`s League for their dedication and continued interest in MaterCare projects and initiatives. To assist CWL members in spreading the word about MCI, we have developed a handout for CWL members to share with their local chapters and at national meetings.

The comic strip, aimed at informing CWL members, is available to read, share and print here. CLICK TO VIEW.

To our loyal supporters...


With gratitude,

The MaterCare Team


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