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S: Medicus Christi FORCE/WALC Project

BC: Medicus Christi 16 MacAffer Drive Menands, NY 12204 518-772-5119 marottaghana@aol.com www.medicuschristi.org photo credits: Jeff Gardner

FC: Bringing the healing love of Christ to a suffering world.

1: Medicus Christi, Ltd. was founded to provide modern and compassionate medical care to impoverished peoples of the developing world. Guided by the teachings of Faith, our organization strives to bring highly skilled medical professionalism into poor countries where crucial medical and surgical expertise are desperately lacking. In 2005, a Ghanaian priest became pastor to a small parish in upstate New York where he met | Dr. Joseph Marotta, an Orthopedic Surgeon who wanted to share his knowledge and skills with the peoples of Africa. Supported by a close friend, Cardinal Peter Turkson, the idea which would eventually become Medicus Christi was born. Medicus Christi's first medical mission project will be to organize and build an orthopedic treatment, rehabilitation, and training center in the Sunyani Region of the West African country of Ghana. Called the Franciscan Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center (The F.O.R.C.E.) at Holy Family Hospital and The West African Learning Center (W.A.L.C.) for Orthopedic Surgery, it will offer state-of-the-art care as well as training for African physicians, nurses and therapists to become the next generation of orthopedic specialists.

2: Located on the West coast of Africa, the nation of Ghana has suffered through many generations of civil strife and political upheaval. Independent since 1957, Ghana struggles with poverty and outdated beliefs regarding illness that keep many from proper medical care. There are just not enough resources or trained personnel to care for the health of its population. Consequently, many people in Ghana suffer with little or no hope of recovery from disorders and injuries that we in the West find relatively easy to | care for and cure. An article by a former orthopedic surgeon at one of the largest Ghanaian Medical Schools noted that between 1974 and 1997 only four orthopedists had been trained in his country. Another report lamented the limited access to orthopedic services and the lack of orthopedic surgeons in Ghana in particular. It is estimated that there are currently only 15 trained orthopedic specialists across the country, or roughly one for every 1.5 million people. Medicus Christi's goal is to change that scenario through resource sharing and personnel training. Creating an every growing cadre of bone and joint specialists as well as medical facilities to care for the future needs of the region and the entire African continent.

4: The people of Ghana are highly diverse, culturally and religiously. English is the official language of the country, but a variety of native languages are also spoken. There are many vulnerable populations in this region. Poverty is a constant threat, especially for children, the elderly and the disabled.

6: Working conditions for Ghana's poor are dangerous, and injuries, such as a broken arm or leg, often get little to no skilled treatment. Tragically the result is that many suffer from ongoing pain, deformity, amputation or even death from their injuries. Ghana, like many developing countries, desperately needs a lasting, growing medical presence that will not only work in country for a short period, but establish an ongoing presence of caregivers, clinics, hospitals, operating rooms and outreach programs to sustain care for years to come. Eventually, educated and well-trained local physicians and medical personnel must carry on into the future.

9: The FORCE/WALC orthopedic center will be located in Sunyani, Ghana. It will eventually include an Outpatient Clinic, ER, Operating Rooms, In-patient beds and Rehabilitation facilities. It will be staffed by local medical professionals supported by Medicus Christi volunteers. Within three years, the Center will begin training new personnel.

10: The people of Ghana have the same dreams we all do: meaningful work, education for their children and a life free of pain and suffering. Medicus Christi's FORCE/WALC project uniquely offers an opportunity for individuals, corporations and philanthropically minded groups to make a real impact in the lives of thousands of our brothers and sisters in Africa.

11: To find out more about opportunities to get involved with Medicus Christi or the FORCE/WALC project in Sunyani, Ghana contact us at: Medicus Christi, Ltd. Attn: Joseph Marotta, M.D. 16 MacAffer Drive Menands, NY 12204 518-772-5119 + www.medicuschristi.org + marottaghana@aol.com

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