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.
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Global Health partners with the North Katanga UMC for a cholera campaign that provides more treatment options and prevention measures, but also aims to change the understanding of entire communities about water safety and sanitation to stop the disease in its tracks.
A health center attacked and looted in Central Congo makes a comeback after several years of intensive work on facilities, equipment, pharmacy supplies and training for personnel by the Central Congo Health Board, supported by Global Ministries’ Global Health team.
The East Angola United Methodist Health Board is on track to reduce malaria by 20% in nine communities in Malanje province in 2022. One secret of their success – teams of youth volunteers visit house-to-house to offer malaria prevention strategies.