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March 2016 · Issue 3

The March edition of the Global Health newsletter highlights the vision for Global Ministries’ Global Health initiative, which is also the feature focus of the March-April issue of New World Outlook, the mission magazine for The United Methodist Church. Also, learn how you can support Global Health by using Turbo Tax.


A FOCUS ON GLOBAL HEALTH
A mother and child at the Koaribanda Community Health Center near Bo, Sierra Leone, await a malaria test.

Each year around the world, 6 million children under five years of age die from preventable causes.

This May, during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, Abundant Health for All: Our Promise to Children, a signature health initiative of the new Global Health unit of the General Board of Global Ministries, will be formally introduced with a promise to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by the year 2020.

Abundant Health for All: Our Promise to Children comes at the heels of the denomination’s successful Imagine No Malaria (INM) campaign, a major fundraising campaign with a goal of $75 million, and which grew out of the Nothing But Nets public appeal. So far, INM has raised $68 million.

“The malaria work led to a palpable United Methodist desire to ‘do more’ in the realm of health—abundant life, to use Jesus’ term in John 10. Then, in 2014, the Council of Bishops confirmed the assignment of the denomination’s health focus area to Global Ministries. The new Global Health unit is composed of existing health-related ministries and new initiatives,” stated Dr. Olusimbo Ige, executive director of Global Health.

Abundant Health for All promises to expand holistically with a goal to reduce child morbidity and mortality from preventable causes, while promoting comprehensive community-based programming, and providing quality health-service delivery for children under five in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. It includes addressing childhood obesity in the United States, which has quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Read New World Outlook magazine’s premier article “Abundant Health for All: A Vision for Global Health”to learn more, and look for additional magazine features about Global Health in the following weeks on umcmission.org.

You can also support this lifesaving work by giving to the Global Health Advance #3021770.


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Global Health’s Abundant Health for All: Our Promise to Children initiative.
Global Health’s Abundant Health for All: Our Promise to Children initiative.


SUPPORT GLOBAL HEALTH THROUGH TURBO TAX
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is offering a Turbo Tax discount for the denomination.

According to GCFA, “a portion of your purchase price will be donated by Turbo Tax to support a global health initiative as part of the Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church. This is an initiative led by the General Board of Global Ministries in an effort to protect children globally from preventable causes of death and diseases through prenatal and pediatric care in some of the most remote areas in the world.”

Complete your taxes online and support the Global Health Advance #3021770.


Photo 1: A mother and child at the Koaribanda Community Health Center near Bo, Sierra Leone, await a malaria test. The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign also distributed long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the community. Photo: Mike DuBose/UMNS