One million people displaced, entire families missing, 400 confirmed deaths
Kerala, India – often referred to as God’s Own Country – a place known for its tranquil beauty and picturesque beaches, sits in ruins after a series of severe downpours has left the state under water.
A region that anticipates monsoon season every year from June to September, Kerala has found itself in a state of disaster with one million people displaced and a death toll that now surpasses four hundred, though many think the number is likely to be much higher.
On Tuesday, August 7, 331 children and adolescents formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups will be released in a ceremony in Gbudue State, South Sudan. CMMB and its partners, including UNICEF, will be participating at event, along with several South Sudanese government officials. Among those present will be General Chaplain Khamis Edward (Ministry of Defense), Christopher Muchiri Murenga (UNMISS Yambio HoFO), Mahimbo Mdoe (UNICEF Country Representative), Hon. Obwaha Claude Akasha (Deputy Chairperson), and Hon. Grace Datiro (Deputy Governor Gbudue State).
On June 3, Volcán de Fuego erupted in Guatemala, tragically affecting more than 1.7 million people. With 3,100 people now evacuated, some of Guatemala’s critical infrastructure and farmland have been completely destroyed. Volcanic ash covers a 12-mile radius and in some areas, entire villages have been buried.
The church is a sacred place where people come not only to pray and worship, but also to meet with other believers. In these meetings people receive and give encouragement, support, and service to one another.
“They told me to kill my mother.” This is the realty of life as a child soldier in South Sudan. It is a life of fear, brutality, and indifference to human dignity. On Wednesday, February 7th, more than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in Yambio, South Sudan. Since the start of the civil war over five years ago, it is believed that over 19,000 children have been recruited.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – In response to the recent outbreak of cholera in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, CMMB has launched an emergency relief initiative to stop the spread of infection, particularly in the three epicenters of outbreak: the neighborhoods of Chipata, Kenyama, and Matero.
The title of this year’s annual report was inspired by our global family, which includes the women and children we serve, field staff, community health workers, volunteers, medical personnel, donors, and our many partners. As a family, we can learn so much from one another about respect, dignity, and love. I’m proud of CMMB’s (CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD) family and our many accomplishments highlighted in this report. Before you turn the page, I’d like to share some highlights:
By Ariel Frisancho, Country Director CMMB Peru
Healing in Peru
Over the past two months, a catastrophe has unfolded in various parts of Peru including the coastal city of Trujillo where CMMB works. Across the country over 813,000 individuals have been affected by heavy rain and flooding; over 124,000 have been injured; 97 have died, and over 182,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Hospital will provide care to more than 50,000 vulnerable, underserved residents
CÔTES-DE-FER, HAITI, March 16, 2017 – CMMB – Healthier Lives Worldwide will open a new, state-of-the-art health center in Côtes-de-Fer in southeast Haiti, which will serve more than 50,000 community members who previously did not have access to quality healthcare. A dedication will take place on Monday, March 20th, 2017.
New York, 21 March 2016 – Today at the United Nations Headquarters, CMMB-Healthier Lives Worldwide will announce a $500 million commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the updated Global Strategy on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, as part of the launch of CMMB’s new brand identity and logo.
Veronica Makiko is a mother of three children – two sons and a daughter. They live in Mushonto Village, in Western Province, Zambia.
An estimated 81 percent of the population in the district where Veronica lives does not have access to safe water. Every morning, Veronica and her children used to wake up at 5:00 am and walk more than two kilometers, which took about three hours, to reach the nearest stream to fetch water for the family. Cattle and goats also use the stream to drink and bathe, and the water is highly contaminated.
Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane to ever be recorded, is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast as a Category 5 storm.
In the early hours when Mexico declared a state of emergency, a million residents were evacuated. While we don’t yet know the extent of the damage that this unparalleled storm will cause, we know it could be catastrophic.
Catholic Medical Mission Board and our partners will continue to monitor developments, and we will plan a coordinated response to assist those affected.
Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) joins the people and government of Haiti—and our global peers—in solemn commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.
Today, we offer our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families of the disaster victims. CMMB salutes the resilience of the Haitian people and celebrates the tremendous faith and courage they have displayed in the wake of great loss.
On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city. It is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 5,235 people in that country alone. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) estimates that 13.17 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda).
CMMB Receives $2 Million Challenge Grant from Catholic Health Partners for Haitian Health Care Grant Enables Building of Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health
Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has provided a $2 million challenge grant to the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to build a 30-bed facility in Cotes-de-Fer, Haiti. This facility, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health, will serve 55,000 Haitians who currently lack access to quality health care.
CMMB and its partners recently celebrated the successful transition of the global AIDSRelief HIV care and treatment programs to local faith-based and NGO partners in 10 countries. The AIDSRelief program – started in 2003 with funding from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – provided care and treatment to more than 700,000 people living with HIV worldwide.
When CMMB launched its ANISA HIV prevention, care and support program in Western Equatoria State of South Sudan in 2009, we weren’t quite sure how bad the HIV problem was.
No one was. Years of war and destroyed infrastructure meant that there were few health workers or standing health clinics to even measure the prevalence of HIV.
April 25 marks World Malaria Day – a day to celebrate the gains made in the fight against malaria. During the last decade, reported malaria cases have been cut in half in more than 40 countries. Malaria deaths have dropped by nearly 330,000 each year, and an estimated 485 fewer children are dying each day from malaria.
Babies born to HIV positive mothers are significantly healthier when they are exclusively breastfed after birth for at least six months, whether they contract HIV from their mothers or not. It is currently an international nutrition guideline that in countries and homes where access to clean, safe water and quality nutrition cannot be guaranteed, that breastfeeding is best. Studies show that the risk of a baby dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, and other illnesses is higher than contracting HIV from their infected mother.