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October, 2015

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Rev. Dr. Detra Bishop of the Health Education Centers of the Mississippi Annual Conference shares the centers’ experience of partnership in promoting health and well-being.
Last week, nearly 200 participants gathered in Houston to participate in the U.S. Health Forum. Hosted by Global Ministries, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, participants came together to explore models, options, and best practices for achieving healthy congregations and healthy communities. Read more online.

Read the Rev. Greg S. Henneman’s blog about his experience at the forum. Henneman is a church and community worker serving through Global Ministries as coordinator of the HEAL Initiative of Community Development for all People in Columbus, Ohio.

The rainy season will soon begin and the United Methodist Malawi Health Board has been preparing for many months to protect people in Mwachedwa village, Nsanje District, from malaria. The UM Malawi Health Board has distributed long-lasting insecticidal nets to all of the registered households in Mwachedwa village with the help from an Imagine No Malaria grant. The 2,000 distributed nets will protect approximately 4,000 people. As part of the net distribution, the Malawi Health Board also promoted the importance of sleeping under a net every night and how to properly care for it so the net will last. It is a wonderful moment to know the people of this village will now sleep protected from malaria carrying mosquitos.

High maternal and neonatal mortality rates plague women throughout Mozambique. So many of these deaths could be prevented if there was greater access to health care for women and children. The Mozambique Ministry of Health cites three main delays as the primary causes for maternal and neonatal mortality:
  • delays in seeking antenatal care,
  • delays in getting to a clinic or hospital for delivery, and
  • delays in getting treatment at the health facility.
To help address these issues, The United Methodist Church’s Mozambique Episcopal Area Health Board is happy to be among the first sites to pilot our new Maternal and Child Health project. They have recently been awarded a grant to focus on pregnant women and children under two in marginalized and underserved communities. Core activities will include encouraging women to use antenatal care services, providing services for safe births at the Cambine Clinic, promoting breastfeeding and nutrition of babies, and encouraging early treatment, as well as prevention for priority childhood illnesses (including diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and HIV). The United Methodist Mission Clinic in Cambine will be the site of this pilot project. The project will provide services for 13 villages around the health facility with a population of about 16,250 people, including an estimated 3,250 women of child-bearing age and 813 pregnant women.

Global Ministries’ vision of abundant health for all focuses on efforts to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well being. The Global Health unit therefore aims to “create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities by protecting children and disadvantaged adults from preventable causes of death and disease.” To achieve this we partner with thousands of communities and health workers through our community-based health programs, while also supporting more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics throughout the world.

Photo: Rev. Dr. Detra Bishop of the Health Education Centers of the Mississippi Annual Conference shares the centers’ experience of partnership in promoting health and well-being. Photo: Linda Unger

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