2014 Annual Report

Dignity Health’s Community Health International Program awards grants to projects serving low-income communities primarily in countries served by our Dignity Health sponsors. The program is funded by a budget allocation and employee donations.

Grant awards vary between $5,000 and $25,000; the total award allocation for 2013-14 was $125,000.

The criteria for evaluating award proposals center on projects that:

  • Promote the health and status of women and children
  • Contribute to clean water, food, and sustainable agriculture
  • Prevent human trafficking, and offer care and rehabilitation for its victims
  • Expand education and communication within rural communities
  • Promote health care and education on the prevention of the spread of HIV, as well as offer care for victims of AIDS

During 2014, Dignity Health awarded Community Health International Program grants to the following countries and their sponsoring organizations, and the projects they implemented:

Uganda: Sisters of St. Dominic

Built a maternity wing to the existing health center in St. Matia Mulumba Parish, Kiganda, Uganda where the maternal mortality rate is 310/100,000 vs. 21/100,000 in the United States.

South Sudan: Mercy Beyond Borders

Trained eight women to be nurses, and taught feminine health and hygiene to 600 girls in Narus, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (where one in every seven women dies in pregnancy or childbirth).

Tanzania: Sisters of St. Francis

Increased a sustainable supply of fresh water by installing storage tanks to filter rainwater in the Lake Region of Tanzania. It was done as a demonstration project for replication in other villages.

Romania: Not For Sale

Provided safety, stability and long-term restoration to survivors (mostly youth) of human trafficking in Romania – primarily though formal education programs, life skills training, and job placement in the local community.

In FY 2015, the Community Health International Program will be:

  • Identifying additional funds
  • Creating a program website
  • Working with U.S.-based organizations to distribute medical supplies and equipment to underserved countries abroad
  • Expanding its partnerships with organizations addressing the social determinants of health in underdeveloped countries
  • Developing an internship program for international graduate students