First — Do No Harm. This principle has guided Catholic health care since the founding of our ministry and it must also guide our disaster response efforts — both domestically and internationally.

CHA is oftentimes called in times of disaster: by those in the midst of a disaster, asking for us to help coordinate potential response resources; and by those who would like information on how they might best provide assistances to impacted health care organizations and devastated communities.  While CHA is a resource for members, our best ability in disaster response lies in sharing relevant, timely information by hosting networking calls on specific disaster areas, and also, in sharing links where information is provided to known, trusted resources — particularly as they relate to our Catholic ministry. A listing of such organizations and items are included on this page.

Please feel free to recommend and share any additional items by contacting Bruce Compton, CHA’s senior director of international outreach, who is also available if you are looking to be connected with resources.


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Most Effective Practices, Cautions & Considerations

There are many considerations for Catholic Health Care ministries when responding to disasters that are not in their own markets — in support of the mission to "Go and Do Likewise." Review Most Effective practices, cautions and considerations.

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Donating/Connecting to Catholic Agencies

Here are agencies Catholic health care ministries can contact to donate money or learn needs, as well as some specific links to useful resources on each of their websites.

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Relief Services

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Prayer Resources in Times of Disaster

Mission Outreach ships supplies to combat Ebola

January 15, 2015

On Dec. 18, volunteers and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach staff loaded a 40-foot shipping container in Springfield, Ill., with medical supplies and personal protective equipment to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone. Dr. Patrick Turay, the medical director of Holy Spirit Hospital, a Catholic facility in Makeni, Sierra Leone, requested the specific items included in the shipment from Mission Outreach, a nonprofit ministry of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.

Mission Outreach, which has long-standing relationships with communities in West Africa, made an urgent request in September to the 60 hospitals and 18 clinics it works with in Illinois and Wisconsin for specific Ebola-related supplies identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including personal protective gear for caregivers: impermeable gowns, shoe covers that extend up to the knee, eye protection, masks, gloves and also linens. Mission Outreach is continuing to fundraise to support its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Those wishing to donate to the Mission Outreach Ebola supply efforts may do so through mission-outreach.org or by mail at Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach-Ebola Crisis, P.O. Box 3531, Springfield, IL 62708.

In the CHA brochure, "Disaster Response: Considerations for Catholic Health Care," the association encourages financial contributions to allow relief agencies to purchase exactly what is needed when it is needed. Visit: chausa.org/internationaloutreach/disaster-relief.


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