Global Health

Social Concerns
Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, program officer for the Maternal and Child Health Program in East Congo, serves porridge to malnourished children at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church helps nurse children back to health in Congo

With the support of United Methodist Global Ministries’ Global Health program, more than 1,000 malnourished children are recovering in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Local Church
The God’s Flock children’s choir from Belmont United Methodist Church sings “Away in a Manger” during an outdoor service in 2021 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn. In this second Advent season during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church held two Christmas Eve services, one of them outdoors. United Methodist congregations are making adjustments to keep parishioners safe as the omicron variant surges. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches face another test with omicron

Some United Methodist congregations in the U.S. return to online-only gatherings as case numbers mount.
Global Health
Leaders from Seke South United Methodist Church near Harare, Zimbabwe, display their COVID-19 vaccination cards. The United Methodist Church is partnering with governments to promote vaccinations. In Zimbabwe, three United Methodist hospitals and 12 clinics are vaccination sites. From left are: Pastor Lameck Makuza, the Rev. Juliet Thondhlana and lay leader Michael Dengwani. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Church promotes COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

Zimbabwe congregations and church-related clinics offer COVID-19 vaccines and testing. Similar efforts are underway in Malawi, Mozambique and Congo.
Mission and Ministry
Families bathe and wash clothes in the Taia River, near Taiama, Sierra Leone. Churches are lobbying the government to limit water pollution caused by diamond and gold mining. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Church joins fight against river pollution

The Council of Churches in Sierra Leone urges government to reduce health risks to 150,000 to 200,000 people who live along rivers where diamond and gold mining occur.

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