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Four Areas of Focus: Improving Global Health

 

"I was sick and you visited me." — Matthew 25:36

As United Methodists, we care about the health and well being of all people. In the Wesleyan tradition, the Christian faith is not a solitary journey. We are part of a larger community — our church families, our neighborhoods, and the world. 

Global Health is a major area of focus for the ministry of The United Methodist Church, which aims to combat diseases of poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as provide health education, advocacy and infrastructure. We have long been a key provider of health care through the hospitals, clinics and missions centers we have operated across Africa for more than 160 years. Now the church has a goal to reach 1 million children with lifesaving and health promoting measures by 2020.

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The Manfred Grellert, operating as the John Wesley medical boat, makes its way along the Amazon River near Manaus, Brazil. The boat is staffed by volunteer medical teams who bring care to remote communities along the river. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

John Wesley Medical Boat serves the sick along the Amazon

Since 2001, a riverboat staffed by volunteer medical teams has delivered care to remote communities along the river in northern Brazil. View

United Methodist Women in Liberia display signs to protest against the rising wave of violence against women and girls in Liberia. The peaceful demonstration took place during the group’s 72nd annual session, held Jan. 21-27 in Marshall, Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist Women in Liberia protest violence against women

Advocates aim to help women and girls by providing safe homes, counseling, legal and medical services, education and other aid. Read More

Gedion Mawoneke, Benjamin Dhliwayo and Damion Mutinhiri assemble a bicycle. United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is helping those in the Deaf community learn skills through the Holy Bike Sales project. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Projects empower Deaf community in Zimbabwe

The United Methodist Church is helping Deaf people in the Mutare area earn a living by assembling bicycles and rearing rabbits. Read More