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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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Local church converting shipping containers into medical clinics for Cambodia

By  Jim Beam from American Press Motorists traveling along Country Club Road who have seen the “Doc in a Box” banner and two seagoing containers in front of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church have to be wondering what it’s all about.

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Beyond The End Of The Road: Providing Health Services To Marginalized Rural Populations

When Jean Shailunga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) contracted cholera, he was more fortunate than many of his neighbors in the rural community of the North Katanga Province. The change-maker for Shailunga was the 16-day cholera treatment he received at a Kizanga United Methodist health center. Health facilities in North Katanga are few […]

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Five ways Abundant Health supports breastfeeding around the world

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.

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Abundant Health celebrates healthy living in Philippines

By Gladys P. Mangidoyos* Talking about health and wholeness is essential. Doing something about it is even more important, United Methodists meeting in Manila, Philippines, learned recently.

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Hulapalooza in Rio Bravo, Mexico

Manos Juntas operates under a strong guiding vision: to serve people and communities with a Christian heart, empowering them to overcome the challenges that prevent them from attaining a better standard of living.

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