Expectant mothers needing emergency cesarean sections no longer face an eight-hour road journey across the Democratic Republic of the Congo for quality care to save their babies’ lives, and perhaps their own.
Saving the lives of mothers and babies
By Lorry Izula-Mpindu
United Methodist Volunteers, also known as Community Health Workers, are women and men of all ages living in difficult-to-reach places. These frontline workers are trusted community members, having an in-depth understanding of the community they serve. They are also blessed with patience and compassion to alleviate complex medical and social needs.
What is a hospital without clean water?
By Christie R. House*
When missionaries David and Elizabeth McCormick first arrived in Maxixe, Mozambique, to begin work with Chicuque Rural Hospital, the hospital was straining to meet the needs of its patients. The grounds, buildings, and even some medical equipment and medicines had extensive damage from Cyclone Dineo in 2016. David McCormick took over as the hospital administrator, working with the United Methodist Health Board of the Mozambique Episcopal Area.
By Elizabeth McCormick*
Missionary Elizabeth McCormick shares this short story of Nevalda, a young girl she met in Mozambique who has struggled with mobility issues throughout her young life. She receives help from the physical therapy department at Chicuque Rural Hospital, a partner with the United Methodist Abundant Health Initiative.
By Christie R. House*
Traveling to any of the three United Methodist clinics in the northern Kasai region of the Central Congo Episcopal Area that are part of the Abundant Health Initiative can be challenging. The lack of main roads into the area means international Methodist visitors fly into Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A regional flight can get them as far as Kananga. Then, they rely on the Central Congo missionary pilot, Jacques Umembudi, to take them farther. Diengenga, the largest of the clinics, is not on a Google map, but Captain Umembudi knows the way.
What will prevent a poor rural child from dying of malaria? Nutrition? Education? A clean environment? A responsive health system?
Dec. 3, 2018—Today, the International Day of People with Disabilities, Global Ministries joins with organizations around the world to promote awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face, and the responsibility that communities and the church have to remove barriers to social inclusion. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 billion people, or 10 percent of the world’s population, live with a disability.
Mary Johnston Hospital, Manila, Philippines, provides HIV prevention, testing and access to care.
As water projects improve health, they also contribute to economic development and productivity of the entire community.
The United Methodist Church’s Abundant Health Initiative promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being for all. Global Ministries’ Global Health Unit aims to create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities, in this case, by protecting mothers and their small children.
BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka – A $3 mosquito net can mean the difference between life and death for people in Sri Lanka. However, that amount equals three days’ wages for many. Thanks to a local nonprofit and financial support from Global Ministries, families have hope for survival.
LAKE ATITLÁN, Guatemala—Whether she gave birth at home or in a hospital, Michaela Mendoza Chaves had extreme difficulties delivering all three of her children.
“Focusing on our health benefits us in many different ways,” says Marie C. King, of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. “If we’re not healthy enough to get out and walk, we’re not healthy enough to come to worship … or to be involved in the community and socialize with each other.”
Only at the United Methodist Day of Health will you find a hula hoop circus artist, United Methodist clergy, and other health enthusiasts gathered in one room.
Jose Miranda and his family lived in a neighborhood where drugs were very easy to access. Both of his parents were heavy drinkers and had difficulty holding jobs. Continue reading