Knowing that poverty and health are intertwined, The United Methodist Church has been a key player in fighting diseases such as malaria and AIDS and promoting initiatives that improve well-being.
The church is nearing its goal of raising $75 million to provide education, infrastructure, communication and prevention measures to defeat malaria. In fact, the death rate from malaria in Africa has been cut in half, thanks to international efforts such as the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. A new “Abundant Health” campaign for the denomination would reach one million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020.
The mission boards in the Nordic and Baltic countries engage in global health projects in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, DR Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Among the projects are clinics, small hospitals, hospital equipment, safe water supply, water systems and improved sanitation facilities.