The UMCOR Hotline 30 Mar 2010: Haiti, DR Congo, Armenia
DR CONGO: WORLD MALARIA DAY
Mawazo, 27, lives in a small village near the town of Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She gave birth to her first child a year after her marriage, but over the next six years Mawazo miscarried four times. Each miscarriage was preceded by a debilitating high fever, most likely caused by malaria.
Malaria, a preventable, treatable disease, is one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and young children in DRC. Around the world, more than 3.3 billion people are at risk of the mosquito-borne illness that kills nearly a million annually, mainly in the poorest countries.
UMCOR Health is providing grants from the United Methodist Malaria Control Program to educate and empower at-risk communities like Mawazo's. The UMC encourages all United Methodists to participate in its "Imagine No Malaria" campaign, a focus of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, which will kick off World Malaria Day, April 25.
UMCOR's Community-based Malaria program supports United Methodist and ecumenical health workers and hospitals as they wrestle with malaria in Africa. The program provides comprehensive prevention plans tailored to local conditions, community training to prevent sickness, medication, and consultations for those who are ill or vulnerable.
Observe World Malaria Day on April 25 and participate in empowering communities and future generations with the knowledge to prevent malaria. Click here for church resources, and watch the Nets and Knowlege slide show. Give to UMCOR's Community-Based Malaria Control Program, UMCOR Advance #982009
ARMENIA: A DECADE OF CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
Mr. Vardges, a resident of Gyumri Elderly Home in Armenia, spends his days tenderly caring for the residence's vegetable patch. Its bounty is his contribution to the wellbeing of his fellow seniors.
He is one of 157 people-many of them refugees, some otherwise homeless, or alone-who live at the home, which is supported by UMCOR through funding from the US Department of State.
"With decreased assistance from the international community, UMCOR is the only organization that continues to assist our efforts," says director Olya Mkrtchyan. "For more than 10 years we have felt UMCOR's love and support toward the marginalized members of our society."
Although it's been 22 years since an earthquake devastated the area, Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city, is still recovering. UMCOR has focused its efforts on supporting seven state-run institutions, including the Elderly Home, schools, orphanages and a psychiatric hospital.
You can support Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225