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 preventative 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.

Global Health

Global Health News

Beating Malaria, One Household at a Time
Imagine No Malaria efforts reach and teach hundreds of thousands.
From Safe Motherhood to Healthy Generations
Armenian doctor gives special care and attention to maternal and child healthcare needs to ensure healthy future generations.
Faith, Health, and Peace
UMCOR Global Health executive Shannon Trilli reflects on church’s role in promoting health and peace.
The Legacy of the Missionary Doctor
Christie R. House, editor of New World Outlook magazine, interviews Tendai and Natallia Manyeza about their work at Old Mutare Hospital, Zim ...
Faith Community Nurses Help Heal Body, Mind and Soul
Faith community nurses offer a unique ministry of healing.
Help UMCOR Respond to the Cholera Outbreak in North Katanga, DRC
UMCOR needs your help to respond to this outbreak and help prevent it from happening again.
Tackling Malaria in East Congo
Thanks to strong local leadership, 700,000 nets are distributed.
Atlanta Event Aims to Just Save One from HIV/AIDS
UM Global AIDS Fund event raises awareness about HIV/AIDS through Just Save One campaign.
Ten Things Every Woman Can Do
Simple steps to save a life and change the world.
West Virginia: Still Seeing Effects of Tainted Water
UMCOR's response to the West Virginia chemical spill was both immediate and long-term.