United Methodist Committee on Relief

Global Health

Global Health

UMCOR's Global Health program's top priorities are water and maternal and child health

UMCOR works with thousands of communities internationally through more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics, using education as well as preventive and curative measures to confront these and other major health issues such as malnutrition, HIV and AIDS, and malaria. Our programs seek to increase access to clean water and better sanitation as a cross-cutting root cause of many preventable illnesses and death.

In the United States, UMCOR health programs promote and provide resources for the establishment of health ministries in local congregations by parish nurses, health advocates, and health ministers. It also provides resources, support and advocacy for persons with disabilities and deafness or hard of hearing.

UMCOR’s holistic approach to health empowers people to take charge of their own lives and develops positive health-seeking behavior in the communities we serve. This strategy emphasizes education and the development of local resources so that improvements in public health are sustained over time. UMCOR’s programs reach entire communities, especially the most vulnerable, and value local cultural practices as sources of generating lasting solutions to challenges of health and poverty.

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Global Health News

Breast Cancer Awareness, Extension of Health-Based Work in Armenia
UMCOR Armenia extends its health-based work into another critical area: women’s reproductive health.
Why the Church is Visible in the Midst of Cholera
UMCOR helps rehabilitate a cholera treatment center in Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC: Solid Improvements in Health
A five-year collaboration in Democratic Republic of Congo is yielding improved health and healthcare.
Ripple Effect of UMCOR Support
Still battling Ebola, far-flung communities in Liberia benefit from awareness-training and emergency food supplies.
Hope Fulfilled
The Ebola epidemic in Liberia has cut short food supplies. An UMCOR grant helped Mother Mardee Kpoo feed her family.