The 2004 General Conference established the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) (Advance #982345), and the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences reaffirmed this global health initiative. As of 2015 UMGAF had funded, in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries, 287 church-oriented and Christ-centered HIV & AIDS projects in 44 countries plus scores of Annual Conference AIDS projects. UMGAF facilitates ongoing educational efforts to equip hundreds of United Methodists to respond to the AIDS crisis locally and globally. Advocacy for prevention, care and treatment has been a consistent focus of UMGAF since 2004 through its partnership with the General Board of Church and Society which administers the AIDS Network in The United Methodist Church.
The face of AIDS is changing in the world. More persons have access to life saving drugs which is reducing the number of overall deaths. But stigma inflicted by the Church and society keeps people from being tested and treated. UMGAF is the official entity in The United Methodist Church addressing these concerns as it works and prays for an AIDS-free world.
Of the total money raised in each Annual Conference for UMGAF, 25 percent shall be retained by the Annual Conference for programs combating HIV & AIDS in their region and/or in other global connectional projects. Each annual conference shall designate an appropriate agency for the promotion and distribution of these funds. Of the total money raised in each Annual Conference for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, 75 percent shall be remitted by the conference treasurer to the Advance office at the General Board of Global Ministries for distribution to global projects in consultation with Global Ministries staff and the inter-agency United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee.
UMGAF is governed by a committee comprised of one representative each from the General Board of Global Ministries, Council of Bishops, General Board of Church and Society, Division on Ministries with Young People, Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, United Methodist Women and General Commission on Communications. UMGAF is staffed by the volunteer committee as well as consultants.
Goals & Objectives
1. Promotion of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through education, information, and communication. 2. Create AIDS resources to be used in local churches and/or annual conferences. 3. Mobilize and appropriate funding to support projects around the globe that prevent the spread of HIV, provide care to those living with AIDS and/or improve access to testing and treatment. 4. Increasing the capacity of communities to respond to HIV/AIDS and combat stigma.