Hope for the Holidays

Even more than equipment and medicine, hospitals need doctors.The World Health Organization recommends a doctor/patient ratio of 1 to 1,000; in Uganda, each doctor would have to care for nearly 25,000 patients for everyone to have medical care. In some regions, it is even worse: The West Nile region has a population of 2.6 million people, with just 25 doctors. And Dr. Tom Catena is the only physician at Comboni-founded Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains in the Sudan. He has one million patients. Plenty of young people are interested in becoming doctors, but medical programs are expensive.The Comboni Missionaries help solve the shortage of qualified medical professionals with scholarships for students and nursing programs in some of the world’s neediest places. Tuition at Makerere University School of Medicine can be an incredible bargain at less than $1,000 per year, but that is still well beyond what most students can cover. St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School in Gulu has produced almost 1,200 nurse midwives to serve the people of Uganda. Each year it has more than 300 applicants for its 60 seats, and many of those lucky admitted students need help with their tuition.The average daily income in Uganda is $2; the 30-month course leading to a certificate in midwifery costs $2,300.

Gift $5,000 to help support a hospital like St. Joseph’s, Maracha Gift $920 to provide a one-year scholarship to a nursing student at a school like St. Mary’s

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