Global Health

Mission and Ministry
Sierra Leone Area Bishop John Yambasu (center, pink clerical shirt) leads a dedication service in front of the new surgery facility at the Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is joined by Dr. Lowell Gess (to his right), who started the medical center as Kissy Eye Clinic during his missionary years there. Gess spent 58 of his missionary years in Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone church expands eye care services

A new state-of-the art surgical facility will allow a United Methodist eye clinic to provide treatment for retinal tears and other eye problems that couldn’t previously be treated in Sierra Leone.
Mission and Ministry
Megan Klingler greets United Methodists after arriving in Goma, Congo, Aug. 20. The Montana nurse, who works with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, will visit six cities during her three-week trip to conduct training sessions to help stop the spread of Ebola. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Ebola spreads to area with strong United Methodist ties

Bishop Unda urges church members in East Congo not to panic, vows to continue church’s awareness campaign.
Global Health
In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Philippines, Knox United Methodist Church provided medical attention and supplies to the Aetas, indigenous peoples who live in isolated mountainous parts of Luzon. Photo courtesy of Emil Dyangco.

Filipino church connects with indigenous peoples

United Methodist outreach team brings critical medical attention, supplies to more than 100 Aetas.
Mission and Ministry
Dr. Albert Akhidenor treats a patient during a training program for community health workers in Bambur, Nigeria. Akhidenor is founder and CEO of the Community Oral Health Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to improve oral health in communities that don’t have access to dental care. Photo by Richard Fidelis, UM News.

Church helps bring dental care to remote villages in Nigeria

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria is training community health workers to perform urgent-care dentistry.

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