United Methodist Committee on Relief

Abundant Health for Women and Children

Every day, 19,000 children die from preventable and treatable ailments, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition and malaria. A quarter of a million women will die this year during pregnancy and childbirth because they lack access to proper health facilities or health workers, or even because she does not have a say in her own reproductive health.

UMCOR promotes abundant health and seeks to impact communities by addressing root and integrated causes of ill health as well as their effects. One of the greatest needs is among children from conception to the age of five.

Life in homes everywhere revolves around safe birth and motherhood; breastfeeding and nutrition, the health and development of young children; safe water, sanitation and hygiene. UMCOR’s integrated model of maternal and child health embraces this approach, contextualized by communities, with a strong link to local clinics and hospitals. The program reaches out to women and children specifically, but includes government officials, health professionals, traditional leaders, communities and families.

Key measurements of success include:

  • More effective grant applications and implementation by the UMC Health Boards and other partners;
  • Increased  knowledge, confidence and effectiveness of community volunteers, health and development workers, and women in the community;
  • Behavior change, improved health and even economic status of participants.
  • Fewer sickness and deaths from preventable causes among mothers and children.

Help support this work through the UMCOR Global Health Advance #3021770.

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Nehnwaa Child Survival Project

The Nehnwaa Child Survival Project, in collaboration with Curamericas and the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County, Liberia has served more than 137,000 people throughout 120 communities including 69,000 children under five, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age.

Nehnwaa has reduced child mortality by 60 percent through community-based primary health programs that promote leading factors of abundant health, like exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and improved access to clean water.

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The Nehnwaa Child Survival Project in collaboration with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County, Liberia. Photo by Piper Crisovan.The Nehnwaa Child Survival Project in Nimba County, Liberia. Photo by Piper Crisovan.