Maryknoll Sisters in the field of health in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. work as doctors, nurses, physical or occupational therapists, etc. in preventive health programs as well as healing measures. Some work in community based health programs, some in government programs, all responding to basic health needs of the country. In working with the poor, the Sisters empower health promoters and others to participate in the programs and care so that they can become as self-sufficient as possible.
Maryknoll Sisters responding to the AIDS pandemic work with patients, families and the community, and in collaboration with other groups. Advocacy for all people living with AIDS is part of this ministry on a local, national and international level.
Did You Know?
- Maryknoll missioners have worked in HIV/AIDS ministries since the early 1980s.
- It is estimated that a child dies every minute from malaria, a preventable and curable disease (USAID).
- Families of HIV/AIDS victims are often left in abject poverty, discriminated against, and unable to find work or shelter.
- Today, more than 35 million people live with HIV worldwide.