CHI’s Mission and Ministry Fund dedicates some grants to efforts to build healthy communities in developing countries around the world. These initiatives vary based on needs, available resources in the developing country, and the capacity to engage in a sustainable partnership. Guiding principles include:

  • collaborating with others who share a common mission
  • taking direction from an in-country health care partner
  • capacity building and empowerment of local people
  • capability for transforming health care providers

Recent examples include:

Vietnam. Grants to the St. Anthony Health Foundation, Denver, CO, help train physicians, nurses and technicians at Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, to provide care for patients and teach other health care providers in remote villages. This relationship also helped create Vietnam’s first pre-hospital care and paramedic programs.Vietnamese clinic

Belize. Grants to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, KY, support their ministries to provide education, nutritious meals and medication assistance to children in Belize who have, or whose lives are greatly affected by, HIV/AIDS; and to provide emigrants from El Salvador with education, work skills and youth programs.

Tanzania. Grants to St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, MD, and Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, CO, support a partnership in the Karatu District and Mbulu Diocese that has  trained village wellness workers, collaborated with village leaders on malaria prevention, implemented a small loan program and established a scholarship program for girls, with a focus on health professions.

The Philippines. A grant to the North Dakota/Minnesota Division of CHI supports a partnership with the Diocese of Bayombong to develop health care services and the Indigenous People’s Hospital, now under construction. Goals include helping the new hospital establish an endowment fund as a sustainable resource that can subsidize the cost of care for indigenous people who cannot afford to pay.Indigenous people of the Philippines