United Methodist Committee on Relief

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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Survey provides insight into church needs for enhancing or starting a healthy ministry.
UMC Responds to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The United Methodist Church is launching an Ebola Emergency Response Plan in the face of an outbreak of the deadly disease in the West Afric ...
Rotifunk Hospital Re-Opens
Partners around the world help breathe new life into a remote clinic in Sierra Leone.
In Sierra Leone: Making a Memory of Malaria
With support from UMCOR, The United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone is distributing 390,000 anti-malaria bed nets this month.
Celebration sets stage for net distribution in Bo
Festivities in Bo, Sierra Leone marked the beginning of a multi-day distribution of 390,000 mosquito nets.
DR Congo: Combating Cholera
UMCOR is helping to stem a cyclical outbreak of the deadly disease.
United Methodist Global AIDS Fund: 10 Years and Running
Program highlights of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund as it celebrates its 10 years of supporting HIV and AIDS projects.
Ten Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
May is Mental Health month. Use these tools to care for your body, mind and soul.
Survive and Thrive
An integrated approach to maternal and child health projects educate and empower women. Support this work in observance of Mother’s Day, May ...
Abundant Health through Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life has benefits for both mother and child.