Health

Social Concerns
Bishop John K. Yambasu, president of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, delivers his presidential address in Kabala, Sierra Leone, in September. He said the church has engaged in research and dialogue to minimize the practice of female genital mutilation. Photo by Keziah Kargbo.

Religious leaders break silence on female genital mutilation

United Methodists and other religious leaders in Sierra Leone are working to end the traditional practice.
Mission and Ministry
Members and guests of Malhangalene United Methodist Church exercise in Peace Plaza in Maputo, Mozambique, during a citizenship and health fair offered by the church and the city government. Photo by Joao Filimone Sambo, UMNS.

Church helps people obtain IDs in Mozambique

Working with municipal government, United Methodists reach out through health fair to provide ID cards, medical screenings and more.
Global Health
The Rev. Kristine Marshall of Bethel United Methodist Church in Anderson, Ind., spent her time at the Breaking Barriers Global AIDS Conference creating three canvases to represent the process of breaking free from the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS and living your fullest life. Photo by Crystal Caviness, United Methodist Communications.

Message at HIV/AIDS event: ‘Say the words’

Reducing stigma of HIV/AIDS means talking about it frankly in church and community settings, reaching out to those living with the disease.
Mission and Ministry
Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia is among the agencies and programs that will be receiving new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The hospital will receive $431,042 for the second phase of renovations. 2017 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

New UMCOR grants target crisis areas, basic needs

United Methodist relief and development agency assists vulnerable populations with emergency needs but also focuses on preparedness and sustainability projects.

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