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Communities make the difference

World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1, 2019  By Kathleen Griffith  World AIDS Day is on Sunday, December 1st this year, but for 37 million people around the world, living with HIV and AIDS is an everyday reality. Millions who don’t know their status are at risk of infection or spreading infection, which also affects the […]

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Empowering UMC and Ebola Prevention: A Message from Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Megan Klingler In 1976, along the Ebola River, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a rare and deadly virus was first identified. The Ebola virus, named for the river near its discovery, has since led to multiple outbreaks across several African countries, Europe and even the United States of […]

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Imagine No Malaria: Promoting Abundant Health for All

By Tatenda Mujeni Just over 10 years ago, United Methodists globally decided to take on an audacious goal of imagining a world without malaria, leading one of the largest commitments by a faith-based organization to end the disease. Our faith was literally put into action as we distributed millions of mosquito nets, tests and malaria […]

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Inviting Deaf and Hard of Hearing People to Church – Deaf Awareness Week

By Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. Deaf Awareness Week is soon approaching, and United Methodist churches should extend their hand of welcome to Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and Deafblind persons in their community. This week is observed during the last week of September (in 2019, the 23-29th), beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday. Deaf Awareness Week originated in Rome, […]

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Improved mobility, a gift that transforms lives

Global Health grants reach people with physical disabilities in remote places By Christie R. House August 28, 2019 | ATLANTA Mobility is key to a person’s independence. The ability to go to market, get to the doctor, take the kids to school or travel to work can be daunting for people with physical challenges. While […]

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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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