July 28, 2021 | ATLANTA

Global Ministries and UMCOR continue to work with partners in India and other countries to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and treat patients who contract the virus.

Additional grants have been approved for “Vaccinate Vellore,” a project of Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and to the Hyderabad Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of India to purchase an ambulance to transport those who are ill to an isolation center established by the church.

Partners in Sri Lanka and Nepal are receiving funds for information campaigns, PPE and the support of vulnerable children and others in lockdown.

Health boards in the Burundi, Central Congo, Mozambique, North Katanga, South Congo and Zimbabwe Episcopal Areas are receiving funds to assist their relief efforts.

One thousand households in Syria are receiving hygiene kits. Villagers in Uganda are being provided with small farming tools and education about sustainable farming practices to reduce food insecurity in a poor area further harmed by COVID-19. And Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti has received funds to purchase PPE.

Others are invited to join these critical humanitarian relief efforts with gifts to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund (Advance #3022612). Gifts can be made online here or sent by mail to Global Ministries/UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068 (“Advance #3022612” should be written on the memo line).

May 20, 2021 | ATLANTA

To date, support in the amount of $110,000 each has been given to the partners in India noted below, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, and Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). These grants will allow for the purchase of medical equipment to treat COVID-19 patients and provide relief to those who have lost income due to the pandemic.

Global Ministries and UMCOR are working with partners in the surrounding region, identifying additional ways to assist in the COVID-19 response.

April 30, 2021 | ATLANTA

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high- and low-resource countries. However, the effects on already weakened health systems in the developing world have been far more devastating. In recent weeks, the COVID-19 case count – first in Brazil and now in India – has risen dramatically, stressing health systems as well as the supply of essential drugs and medical equipment.

Global Ministries and UMCOR are responding to the health crisis in India by supporting long-term Indian partners who are working on the ground in emergency humanitarian and health response. Support to Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, will allow the organization to cope with the direct health consequences of the pandemic. This includes the purchase of emergency medical equipment, beginning with bedside ventilators as they expand their capacity to treat COVID-19 patients at the behest of the government. Additional hospital beds are also being requested to increase capacity. CMC Vellore is a long-established and highly credible institution in the country. Additionally, UMCOR will support Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) to respond to the humanitarian consequences of the pandemic through information campaigns, hygiene support and unconditional cash transfers to help people meet their basic human needs. CASA is one of the largest faith-based humanitarian organizations in the country representing all Protestant denominations, including the Methodist Church in India.

Through Global Health and Humanitarian Response efforts, UMCOR will continue to provide emergency aid when needed as countries face health and humanitarian crises associated with COVID-19, such as the one being faced in India. Additionally, UMCOR’s COVID-19 response will include ongoing support of essential health services throughout the UMC health network and support of communities affected by the burden of COVID-19.

To further address this crisis, Global Ministries will again promote its UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund (Advance #3022612) to allow those throughout the church to share in this outreach. Gifts can be made online here at or sent by mail to Global Ministries/UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. (“Advance #3022612” should be written on the memo line.)