Global Ministries: Abundant Health
We are united by Jesus's words in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” As a follower of Jesus Christ, here’s what you can do to ful?ll our promise to children in every place:
Learn about children’s health challenges, what your church is doing to prevent them and how you can participate. Share this message with friends, family, coworkers and others, and invite them to get involved in this movement to make a difference in the lives of children.
We are not alone in this work and many of our partners are supported in part or full by the U.S. government. United Methodists are called to actively advocate for the protection of funding for global health issues and supporting health programs in the U.S., especially for maternal and child health.
Put your faith into action by donating to the effort to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions.
We seek to engage at least 10,000 churches to develop support systems for health care treatment, education and prevention in their surrounding communities. We encourage your church to engage its neighboring communities in the following ways:
- Promoting physical activities
- Encouraging healthy diet and nutrition
- Mental health education and promotion
- Tobacco and drug-free living education
Our Promise to Children
As the people of The United Methodist Church we will live up to our promise for children by imagining abundant health for every child in every place by:
Ensuring safe births
Many health facilities in underserved areas lack key infrastructure and equipment for childbirth. These facilities often lack quali?ed medical practitioners. The United Methodist Church will provide assistance in places that lack the necessary resources to ensure safe conditions during childbirth.
Advancing nutritional challenges and promoting breastfeeding
Optimal breastfeeding of infants under 2 years of age has the greatest potential impact on child survival of all preventive interventions, with the potential to prevent over 800,000 deaths (13 percent of all deaths) in children under 5 in the developing world. (Source: Lancet 2013).
We commit to promoting breastfeeding for infant nutrition and responding to malnutrition and childhood obesity.
Advancing prevention and treatment of childhood diseases
According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of child deaths are linked to malnutrition, and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria, are leading causes of child deaths. The United Methodist Church is committed to promoting health education, along with providing services that place the prevention of priority childhood illnesses at the forefront.
Promote children’s health and wholeness
Limited ?nancial resources and inadequate access to health services often affect the willingness of people to seek treatment for children with illnesses. The United Methodist Church aims to eliminate barriers to health and medical services and encourage people around the world to seek proper medical treatment in these instances.