Bishop Luigi Locati made a plea to MaterCare International (MCI) for help with the maternal health problem in his Diocese (Apostolic Vicariate) of Isiolo in 2005. The now late Monsignor Luigi Locati summarized the Isiolo district as being “unique” because of its nomadic population, the severity of the climate, the poverty, poor roads, poor communication, and isolation. These have resulted in neglect on the part of the authorities and most non- governmental organizations (NGOs).
MCI developed a Rural Essential Maternity Care project to work in partnership with the Diocese of Isiolo and the KMH. Today, that project is called Project Isiolo and is the location of a 30-bed maternity hospital named St. John Paul II Maternity Hospital. The Saint John Paul Hospital serves the needs of rural women in Isiolo. The facility has a jeep ambulance and two motorcycle ambulances with stretchers which can reach mothers in danger in areas where there are no roads. With this system the hospital has already succeeded in saving mothers’ lives in the area of Merti three hours from Isiolo.
Our newest team member, our Field Officer Kasia, traveled to the hospital last week, and saw first hand the results of the project's success. "These deliveries were quite complicated." The twin boy and girl were safely delivered at the St. John Paul II hospital.
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Meet our newest team member: Kasia
MaterCare International is pleased to announce that the position for Field Officer has been filled. Katarzyna Cieślak has been selected to begin in Isiolo, Kenya later this year.
Katarzyna, also known as Kasia, comes to us as a graduate from the University of Warsaw with several years experience as a Project Coordinator and Project Manager. Her most recent experience was with the Pedro Arrupe Formation Center for Educational Leaders, Warsaw. Her desire to fulfil missionary work and her interest in intercultural connections is a combined asset that will have a positive impact on her position at MaterCare’s St. John Paul II hospital.