» 02/09/2018, 09.53
Nuncio in Damascus: With collapse in healthcare, Catholic hospitals a grace ‘open to all’
The escalation of violence continues in different areas of Syria. Battles rage in Goutha east, Idlib and Hama; mortar shots on the capital. Card Zenari: Greatest number of victims from lack of healthcare not bombs. Half of clinics and "out of service", 75% of the staff have fled. The testimony of the "open Hospitals" that treat poor Christians and Muslims ".
19/10/2017 16:00:00 SYRIA
I, a Christian doctor in Aleppo, close to the victims of the war
Nabil Antaki speaks of great signs of hope. Hundreds of volunteers work day and night to ensure survival to others. A lay member of the Blue Marists, he is one of the few doctors left in the city. Faith in Christ his "strength to remain". In Syria, 80% of the population does not have health care. 70% of specialist doctors have emigrated.
For Chinese farmers, ten yuan can be the price of life
Even though seeing the doctor can cost as little as ten yuan, health care costs are amongst the main causes of rural poverty. Farmers are forced to rely on homemade remedies whilst hospital beds in nearby facilities are left empty.
Catholic hospitals are "privileged places for evangelisation," in the First World as well
The International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers was presented today, with participants expected from 60 countries from around the world. Although they operate in different contexts, Catholic hospitals are structured in a similar fashion and are united by the same patient-healthcare worker relationship, affiliation with the universal Church and the necessity to adhere to its principles and teachings.
31/10/2012 ASIA - INDONESIA
Asia's Catholic doctors to cooperate, adhere to Christian ethics and help the vulnerable
Bali hosts the 15th Conference of the Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (AFCMA). The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers is among the Vatican participants. The defence of life, commitment to Church doctrine and care for the vulnerable are among the goals.
Only those with money can afford health care in China
For 20 years hospitals have been run on a profit basis. Only a minority is covered by medical insurance; others sell what they own or try their own remedies. Hospitals often prescribe unnecessary treatment and drugs.
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