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Learn more about Global Ministries’ work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including news, events, and resources. Support projects and missionaries, volunteer, and more.

Background

The United Methodist Church has a long and far-reaching presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in Katanga Province. The local United Methodist churches reached out to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) when fighting broke out in 1999 and also assisted refugees from the wars in Rwanda and Burundi. The United Methodist Church of DRC has been recognized as a major contributor among the faith-based community to helping the peace process take hold.

In response to extensive needs in the country, UMCOR opened an office in DRC in October 2002. UMCOR DRC works primarily in the southeastern province of Katanga with programs that focus on health, nutrition, agriculture, and livelihoods.

UMCOR is currently directly implementing The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:

Malaria

The goal of this Global Fund-supported program is to contribute to reducing the morbidity and mortality related to malaria in pregnant women and children less than one year of age in four health zones in northern Katanga Province. This is an expansion of UMCOR’s previous malaria work with The Global Fund, which was carried out in three health zones.

HIV and AIDS

The goal of this Global Fund-supported program is to contribute to reducing morbidity and mortality as well as the negative impact of HIV and AIDS in DRC.

The program both targets the general population and focuses efforts on high-risk groups (men in uniform, victims of violence, truckers, youth, sex workers, pregnant women, people living with HIV, orphans, and vulnerable children).

Livelihoods

Community Agriculture Development

The Integrated Development Program in Kamina is a three-year program that focuses on agriculture, water, and sanitation as complimentary approaches for targeting key societal factors that impact the prevalence of diseases and high levels of poverty in this rural community. Supported by Foods Resource Bank, the aim of this project is to build local capacity and increase nutritious food production and income for communities in and around Kamina.

For more information and details on these programs, see the UMCOR country page on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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