Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

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Maternal Newborn and Child Health

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.

Global Ministries 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. Global Ministries’ 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.

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Global Health Programs

Maternal Newborn and Child Health
Imagine No Malaria
U.S. Health
Health Systems Strengthening

Contact Information

Kathy Griffith
Program Manager, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health 
Global Health Unit