Methodism’s focus on health as a part of mission dates to the 19th and 20th centuries when missionaries expanded the options for health care in underserved communities.
Through United Methodist conferences and health boards, Global Ministries works to strengthen whole networks of health responses, from revitalization of facilities and staff training to building better water sources, developing sanitation facilities and promoting nutrition. Global Health continues to concentrate on eradicating preventable diseases, such as malaria, HIV and AIDS and COVID-19, and supporting the most vulnerable populations, including mothers, newborns and children.
Global Ministries is also the lead agency for the UMC’s Abundant Health Initiative.
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Improves quality of health services and healthcare facilities in low-resource settings.
Expands the use of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment resources.
Increases access to quality maternal, newborn and child health services and reduces morbidity and mortality rates.
Provides clean and safe water sources and revitalizes sanitation facilities.
Supports health systems and communities around the world in the awareness, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Global Health unit staff visited health facilities to view improvements and discuss challenges in an area of the country hard-hit by cyclones in recent years.
Through funding from Global Ministries, more than 100 women living with HIV in the Kivu Conference are receiving counseling, transportation help and microcredit loans.
Through various campaigns and long-term work in rural communities, United Methodist health practitioners in Africa have been working toward the goal of reducing malaria deaths and spreading affordable treatment options, information and prevention strategies across the communities most affected by the disease.