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Mission and Ministry
John Mark Santiago, former student governor of the College of Education local council at Wesleyan University-Philippines, signs paperwork to have his blood tested at an HIV and AIDS education and prevention forum at the university in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, on Oct. 30. Photo by Jon Balagan

Filipino United Methodists focus on HIV epidemic

Church leaders and youth are among those collaborating on ways to stop the “ugly and alarming” rise in HIV cases in the Philippines.
Mission and Ministry
Solange Cabwene (in blue shirt), a mother of two, brought her children to the United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Congo, for treatment for malnutrition. She joined The United Methodist Church's Vulnerable Association of Savings and Credit to help pay for her medical bills. “This helped me because the association gave me a credit (loan) and today I start selling embers, and my two children (will) not relapse," she said. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Making medical care more affordable in Congo

United Methodist hospitals start savings and credit institutions to help country’s most vulnerable pay for medical treatment, get regular care.
General Church
The sustainable investment division of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s pension agency, has joined a coalition of institutional investors that calls for pharmaceutical companies to adopt or strengthen their practices to mitigate risks related to opioids. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Wespath initiatives address opioid crisis

The United Methodist Church’s benefits agency is addressing the national opioid crisis by offering education and recovery resources, as well as holding companies it invests in accountable.