Society News

MMS response to economic crisis in Venezuela

Against the backdrop of Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis, Medical Mission Sister Maigualida Riera continues her role of helping to run a Solidarity Kitchen in Barquisimeto. With inflation now above 1,000 %, her kitchen spends in one month what was previously spent in a year for food. Sister Maigualida shares, “We remain hopeful that one day this crisis will finish. Meanwhile we want to continue offering a space, a hand, a word, and we want to continue saving lives.”

World AIDS Day Observed

Our Sisters and Associates around the world joined with others in marking World AIDS Day on December 1. In so many areas of the world we have born witness to the pandemic’s devastating impact since the 1980s. We rejoice at new prevention methods and more effective treatment, even as we advocate for health care for all, so each woman, man and child will have access to a better quality of life.

Medical Mission Sisters recognized for their pioneering spirit
Medical Mission Sister Shahnez

In an analysis of the historic role of midwives in safeguarding healthy births, Global Sisters Report noted the contributions Medical Mission Sisters have made to the field. In 1944, MMS opened the Catholic Maternity Institute in Santa Fe, California, training nurse midwives and attending local indigenous birthing mothers for more than 20 years. Today, our sisters continue to heed the call, in some cases providing life-saving care to mothers in remote regions of the world.