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November 2016 · Issue 11

In this issue of Global Health, learn about the goal for Global Health to create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities around the world; and learn how you can strengthen the work of Global Health by participating in this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday event on November 29.



It’s Time to Give Back

Jeanette Bahati holds her newborn baby at the United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Have you ever been without access to clean water to drink? Or have you ever been ill and not had access to health care? Maybe you have carried a baby for nine long months and then had to watch that baby die from a preventable disease because there were no medicines? Do you know this is the reality of many who happen to be born in the parts of the world we consider resource-poor, or who happen to live in places we call rural, or who were born into families on a lower social stratum?

There are many things in life that we can choose, but the place where we are born is not one of them. No one should suffer ill health or die prematurely because they were born in the “wrong place.” Our work in Global Health is to ensure that every child in every place has the opportunity for the abundant life and abundant health promised by God. We recognize that in all countries—whether of low, middle, or high income—there are wide disparities in the health status of different social groups due to social factors that create barriers to opportunity.

The Global Health unit aims to create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities by protecting children from preventable causes of death and disease. To achieve this, Global Health provides grants to support many communities and around the world.

Be a part of a healthy start for all mothers and newborns.


Touching Lives Through Abundant Health

Read the testimonies below from some of our partners about the services and support they are receiving through the Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children signature United Methodist health initiative.

“The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church’s Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry is so grateful that the Global Ministries nutrition program heard the prayers of those we serve, [and] added to our own. This grant will allow us to provide hands-on training in healthy food preparation, targeted at low-income families receiving food benefits. We do not take lightly the source of these funds or their ability to do good in the world.”

Rev. Darlene L. Kelley, Teryl Mickens, Kingston, N.Y.

“I never had the opportunity to receive training in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV when I worked at Kibombo and Kindu general hospitals. This training has built my capacity to care for pregnant women. We hope that our clinic will contribute to a generation without HIV.”

—Dr. Fréderic Yemba, Lokole, East Congo

“This is my sixth baby. It’s also the first time I’ve attended more than two clinic visits in a pregnancy. We were told the importance of antenatal-care routine visits, medicines, HIV testing, and vaccines. I also got to know about family planning. I’m so glad because I want to stop having babies—my husband is finding it difficult to support me, with my children, and the children of his other wives. My husband and his other wives have also gone for HIV testing which, fortunately for us, has been negative.”

— Naomi, antenatal-care patient, Northeast Nigeria



Strengthen the work of Global Health on UMC #GivingTuesday, November 29

You can partner with the work of Global Health throughout the year and by participating in giving on UMC #GivingTuesday, November 29.
The world needs your gift.

When you support the work of Global Health, Advance #3021770, you act as the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world.

Abundant Health programs are saving lives in the world’s most vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Our programs empower people to take charge of their own lives and to be key stakeholders in the solutions that keep their communities healthy and safe. These lifesaving solutions are sustained over time because there is an emphasis on education and the development of local resources.

You can partner with the work of Global Health throughout the year and by participating in giving on UMC #GivingTuesday, November 29.

The theme for UMC #GivingTuesday 2016 is “Give Light, Give Love, Give Life.” Every day, you give God’s light, love, and life through your faithful work, prayers, and gifts.

This year, consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care most about. Gifts made through The Advance make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Visit www.umcgivingtuesday.org for more information and resources, and spread the word!


Learn More

Read more about Global Health.
Learn about the 10,000 Church Challenge and sign-up.
Learn about the UMC's new signature health initiative, featured in the March-April 2016 issue of New World Outlook magazine.
Visit the Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children web page.
Support this lifesaving work with your gifts to Global Health, Advance #3021770.

Photos:

1. Jeanette Bahati holds her newborn baby at the United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mike DuBose/UMNS

2. You can partner with the work of Global Health throughout the year and by participating in giving on UMC #GivingTuesday, November 29.