VATICAN - Catholic Church's work in health care worldwide

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - According to the latest “Statistical Yearbook of the Church” published, the health and social care institutions in the world managed by the Church include: 5,378 hospitals with the majority being in America (1,669) and Europe (1,363), 18,088 dispensaries, mostly in America (5,663), Africa (5,373) and Asia (3,532), 521 leprosy colonies distributed mainly in Asia (293) and Africa (186); 15,448 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, mostly in Europe (8,271) and America (3,839); 9,376 orphanages with about one third in Asia (3,367); 11,555 kindergartens, 13,599 marriage counseling centers distributed mostly in Europe (5,919) and America (4,827), 33,146 centers for education or social re-education centers and 10,356 other institutions. Here is the breakdown by continent:AFRICA: 1,074 hospitals, 5,373 dispensaries, 186 leprosy colonies, 753 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, 979 orphanages, 1,997 kindergartens, 1,590 marriage counseling centers, 2,947 educational or rehabilitation centers, 1,279 other institutions. AMERICA: 1,669 hospitals, 5,663 dispensaries, 38 leprosy colonies; 3,839 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, 2,463 orphanages, 3,715 kindergartens, 4,827 marriage counseling centers, 13,652 education or rehabilitation centers, 4,239 other institutions. ASIA: 1,102 hospitals, 3,532 dispensaries, 293 leprosy, 2,095 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, 3,367 orphanages, 3,211 kindergartens, 969 marriage counseling centers, 5,379 education or rehabilitation centers, 1,870 other institutions. OCEANIA: 170 hospitals, 573 dispensaries, 1 leprosy colony; 490 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, 87 orphanages, 108 kindergartens, 294 marriage counseling centers, 592 education or rehabilitation centers, 207 other institutions. EUROPE: 1,363 hospitals, 2,947 dispensaries, 3 leprosy; 8,271 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and handicapped, 2,480 orphanages, 2,524 kindergartens, 5,919 marriage counseling centers, 10,576 education or rehabilitation centers, 2,761 other institutions. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 10/02/2010)

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