UMCOR’s Hospital Systems Strengthening (HSS) program helps United Methodist churches in Africa, Asia, and South America take stock of church-run health-care facilities and the health needs of the communities they serve. With UMCOR funds, training and support, these facilities work to improve standards of care, governance, and community outreach and development.
Our HSS program encourages a community-based outreach model of care that sends health workers and traditional birth attendants out into the communities from their hospital base. Community health workers bring their neighbors together in schools and clinics to teach them about good health practices. They offer care and education programs that deal with HIV and AIDS, malaria, nutrition, and maternal and child health. Regular under-five checkups and prenatal care help protect some of the most vulnerable people in their communities.
Success Story: Kissy Hospital in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is one of the top ten diamond producing countries in the
world, approximately 70% of its population lives below the poverty line.
The country’s infrastructure has yet to recover from a decade of civil
war that took place in the late 90’s. Almost half of the working-age
population survives on subsistence farming.
the 1970s, a small hospital was started by the Swedish United Methodist
Church in Kissy, an impoverished suburb in Freetown. For the first
fifteen years of its existence, the health center’s situation was poor:
there was no running water, only eight under qualified staff members,
and the hospital received no more than five outpatients a day for
in 1995, UMCOR and the Indiana Annual Conference supported Dr. Dennis
Marke in his efforts to revitalize the clinic. A remarkable
transformation ensued. Today, the UMC Health and Maternity Clinic is a
60-bed hospital with more than 50 people on staff. A maternity ward and
laboratory help to extend its services, as well as a child nutrition
program and HIV-testing and counseling center. Community health
education is provided through local schools and clinics. Six rural
clinics that serve up to 150 villages are also a part of the Kissy
health network. The UMC Health and Maternity Clinic provides care
regardless of each patient’s ability to pay.
support can help keep the Kissy United Methodist Hospital able to
provide this care! Necessary medication, HIV/AIDS testing kits, safe
delivery supplies for pregnant women, sutures for surgery and basic food
such as milk and beans for children in the nutrition program are in
constant demand. Donate to UMCOR Advance #982168, Hospital Strengthening, and continue this ministry of hope.