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Offering immunizations through outreach projects

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Children are gifts from God, and Sisters of the Holy Cross in Kirinda, Uganda, are working with families to nurture and care for these special blessings.

Through the Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre, a Congregation-sponsored ministry, sisters are able to offer education to parents on caring for their children and provide nutrition information to prevent malnutrition. Sisters also work with mothers to encourage them to give birth in a hospital setting to decrease the high infant mortality rate in the region.

Unfortunately, residents in remote villages are not always able to travel to the health facility because of poor road conditions. For people unable to access the clinic, the sisters offer outreach services.

A Ministry With the Poor grant provided funds for the immunization outreach staff and volunteers to provide services beyond the walls of the facility. The grant covered the travel to educate people about the risks associated with HIV, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases along with the opportunity to administer immunizations to children under the age of five.

Cervical cancer is a growing concern for women around the worldthese grant funds also allowed 10-year-old girls to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if administered before exposure to the virus.

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