The Catholic Medical Mission Board's (CMMB) work is guided by international health realities. We focus on HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, neglected tropical disease, and other country-specific priorities. Our objective is to develop sustainable local capacity to address major health care needs and build strong systems. We accomplish this through the design and implementation of high-quality, evidence-based programs, directed by the following goals:
1. Increase access to health services that improve quality of life and reduce preventable deaths.
CMMB has multi-year programs in eight countries, working in HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, and neglected tropical diseases. In 2010, CMMB counseled and tested 119,087 individuals for HIV, reached 146,915 with HIV prevention messages, provided preventative antiretroviral treatment to 3,725 expectant mothers, and cared for 110,362 people living with HIV. CMMB’s maternal and child health programs provided 16,273 young children and 79,959 pregnant women with primary health care.
2. Strengthen human resources for health.
CMMB is working to bolster the global health workforce by filling gaps for medical professionals. In 2010, CMMB helped send 1,663 medical volunteers to 24 countries, where they provided over $10 million in donated services. Through local partnerships, CMMB promoted the training of trainers and motivated health workers to serve in their home countries. For example, CMMB employees in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and South Africa have worked together to train medical professionals in their home countries on safe male circumcision protocols. In total, CMMB trained 1,279 medical professionals and community health workers in 2010.
3. Build supply chain capacity that will increase global access to lifesaving medications and technologies.
CMMB collaborates closely with its partners to develop efficient and effective supply chains for medicines and medical supplies. Over the last five years, CMMB has provided over $1 billion of donated medicines and medical supplies to local partners in 82 countries. Because of its reputation for strong leadership in supply chain management and close relationship with its consignees, drug manufacturer Merck & Co., Inc. has selected CMMB to manage a vaccination program with over $23 million of cancer-preventing vaccine in Honduras and Ghana.
4. Develop strong financial systems in health care facilities.
CMMB is helping many hospitals and clinics in Kenya go paperless with integrated and computerized Health Management Information Systems (HMIS). These systems help the facilities bill patients, track revenue, and build programs that aim to report to the U.S. government and other donors by public health outcomes. This is known as performance-based financing, and CMMB is assisting in its expansion to several countries, including Kenya.
5. Support program monitoring systems and key research that ensure quality programming and adoption of best practices in global health care.
CMMB’s monitoring & evaluation team works with implementing partners to develop reporting procedures that ensure appropriate use of resources and create lasting change. The team routinely evaluates CMMB’s programs and shares lessons learned that could apply to broader health networks within regions and globally. CMMB has a results framework to monitor activities, including the routine gathering of monthly data on the progress of public health programs in the field. Quarterly reviews of programmatic data by technical staff identify challenges, successes, and points for further research. CMMB is accountable to its beneficiaries to provide quality health care services, therefore CMMB engages local community-based organizations, associations of people living with HIV, and mothers clubs in the review of program progress-to-date and future planning.
6. Increase the ability of local leadership to effectively design and manage programs.
CMMB’s country directors and key staff members serve on technical advisory boards and work closely with local ministries of health to promote the needs of those we serve around the world. CMMB’s program data and evaluations empower community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups to work with governing authorities to set health priorities. CMMB also helps identify the high-impact and low-cost interventions required to mitigate disease and inequities in health services delivery.