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Shade and Fresh Water encourages youth in Brazil to make healthy choices

Having a place to hang out with good friends in a supportive community that provides fun and creative activities is a universal best practice for helping youth find meaning and purpose. Global Ministries’ Global Health unit takes a keen interest in partnering with organizations that help children and youth maintain good health and avoid the […]

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Abundant Health includes mental health in worldwide ministry and outreach

In Clarksville, Texas, a town of 3,000 residents, the school district has lost more than half its enrollment in the last decade as more middle-class residents opt out of the local school system for better-resourced facilities in other counties. The Clarksville School District, down to 500 students who are generally from low-income ethnic minority families, […]

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Supporting mothers and babies for a healthy start

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated during the first week of August each year. The United Methodist Abundant Health Initiative supports mothers in their decision to breastfeed as a vital and practical way to give babies a good start in life. Other ways to help newborn survival rates include ensuring access to health care and supporting […]

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Global Mission Grants Rehabilitate Health Facilities Worldwide

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.

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Preventing malaria during pregnancy

Saving the lives of mothers and babies By Lorry Izula-Mpindu

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Community Health Workers: United Methodist Agents of Change

  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.

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Meeting health needs in Mozambique

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 […]

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Nevalda’s story

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.

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Baby by baby – treating and preventing malnutrition in Central Congo

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 […]

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Better Community Development’s substance-abuse treatment programs seek abundant life for all

BCD, originally an outreach program of Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church, has grown into a neighborhood support center that helps community members with housing, substance-abuse treatment, job training, health and wellness programs, and more.

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Ghana teen’s recovery illustrates power of Imagine No Malaria

What will prevent a poor rural child from dying of malaria? Nutrition? Education? A clean environment? A responsive health system?

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Tackling Mental Health in Iowa

Finding people who cared was easy. Figuring out what to do was another story.

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Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

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 […]

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Sharing the facts about HIV/AIDS teaches, inspires and helps

Mary Johnston Hospital, Manila, Philippines, provides HIV prevention, testing and access to care.

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Global Health and Ministry with the Poor: ZIP Code Connection transforms lives

When Wendy Bergeron gained custody of six of her grandchildren, now ages 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8, the Clarksville, Texas, woman faced enormous challenges.

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Creating 1 million healthier children, one kid at a time

Marie Ngombe’s healthy newborn is one in a million.

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Ohio congregation partners to support Zambia water wells

As water projects improve health, they also contribute to economic development and productivity of the entire community.

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