“…we are facing a global health emergency that is like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes.
But our hope is in the Lord and we know that he will give us his grace and mercy in our time of need.”
Most Rev. José H. Gomez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops
OUR MISSION CONTINUES
US Department of State recommended all US Citizens return from abroad. Our Mission Doctors serving in Honduras, Ghana, and Uganda have returned home.
Our doctors that were serving in Ghana, Uganda, and Honduras have returned home, and have begun providing professional services in their own communities, but our mission continues.
In Zimbabwe, we are supporting a group of Dominican Sisters at St. Theresa Hospital so they can continue to care for the poor and help during this challenging time. Our doctors are in daily contact with the staff at Bwambo Health Center in Tanzania to provide professional support and financial assistance to keep the health center running.
Additionally, today we are reaching out to our partners in Honduras, Uganda, Peru, and Ghana and setting up a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help meet these needs. We just heard that with the closing of the nursing school at St. Francis Hospital in Uganda, the staff is very short-handed, this fund will cover the cost of more professionals to carry the burden of care there.
So, our mission continues even during this pandemic. And, during this time, we continue to recruit doctors to serve in Africa and Latin America. We also know that this global crisis will create an even greater need for qualified, faith-filled doctors around the world.
We follow the recommendation of the US Department of State and although our long-term doctors are not currently serving, we continue to cover their health and emergency evacuation insurance. We are doing this so they can return as soon as possible and continue providing lifesaving medical care and training for local professionals.
This pandemic only highlights the need for qualified healthcare professionals around the world, especially caring for those most vulnerable to infectious diseases. Unfortunately, the impact of the coronavirus on underserved areas in Africa and Latin America is not fully understood, yet we do know that the need for compassionate medical professionals will only grow.
We have postponed our Spring Retreat/Seminar, our annual Appreciation Brunch and our April Discernment Weekend.
If you are interested in learning more about short-term service with Mission Doctors we hosted a webinar for those who planned to attend the Spring Retreat. Click here to view the webinar and submit any questions about serving with MDA.
Additionally, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has cancelled its annual Christian Service Awards Mass, so we will be unable to present our Pope Francis Scholarship award winners with their certificates. However, you can read more about the 2020 winners here.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about the virus and what we can all do to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the disease.
“We are continuing to keep you and your families in our prayers and we ask you to pray for our doctors serving in mission.”
Executive Director, Mission Doctors Association
Please join us in praying with Pope Francis to Our Lady, Health of the Sick for protection.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.