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Garbage piled on the median overflows onto a road in Luanda, Angola. A waste-collection crisis in the province intensified when the Provincial Government of Luanda suspended contracts with the companies that performed the service. Photo by Augusto Bento, UM News.

United Methodists support cleanup in Angola

With temporary suspension of contracted services, solid-waste accumulation threatens health of thousands.
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Jean Tshomba, coordinator of UMCOR's disaster management office in eastern Congo, speaks to the crowd before helping to distribute food and other items to more than 500 survivors of flooding in Uvira, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

UMCOR assists flood survivors in Congo

More than 500 families, many of whom lost their homes in April flooding, received food and other assistance through a $75,200 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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Dozens gather for the burial of the Rev. Themba Siwela of Gutu Mupandawana Circuit Masvingo District. Many did not wear face masks or maintain social distancing. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Close ties challenge rural Africa COVID-19 fight

Close relationships in rural Africa make social and physical distancing to avoid COVID-19 culturally difficult.
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Angela Macherechedze, sister in charge of the family and child health unit at United Methodist Old Mutare Mission Hospital, educates village health workers about the outbreaks of malaria and COVID-19 during training at Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Coronavirus hampers malaria efforts in Africa

The United Methodist Church’s mission hospitals in Zimbabwe all report sharp increases in malaria cases over the past few months.

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