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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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