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18 Nov 2014 description

The daily struggle against Ebola of United Methodists in Sierra Leone reached into world headlines once again with the infection and death in mid-November of a prominent surgeon associated with Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown. But the church’s fight began months ago.

29 Sep 2014 description

By Linda Unger*

September 26, 2014—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with United Methodist health boards in West Africa in a “three-prong” approach to confront the spread of the Ebola virus, said UMCOR International Disaster Response and Global Health executives.

29 Aug 2014 description

August 28, 2014—The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is continuing to be present and respond to the needs in West Africa as health officials try to contain the Ebola outbreak that has infected more than 3,065 people. Denise Honeycutt, who leads the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)—Global Ministries’ humanitarian aid unit—has been in regular contact with Bishop Yambasu of Sierra Leone and Bishop Innis of Liberia.

14 Aug 2014 description

By Phileas Jusu Aug. 13, 2014 | FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS)

Religious leaders hope providing emotional and social support for communities across Sierra Leone will help counter the rise in Ebola infections.

As the World Health Organization declares the present outbreak in West Africa a world health emergency, the Religious Leaders Task Force on Ebola, a Sierra Leone faith alliance group chaired by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, is intensifying its training efforts in addition to providing public education materials.

07 Aug 2014 description

By Julia Kayser Frisbie*

August 7, 2014—The United Methodist Church has been present with the people of West Africa since the beginning of the Ebola epidemic this spring. As the disease picks up speed, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ramping up its response. A total of $87,000 in grant money has been distributed, and UMCOR stands ready to fund additional projects. Our healthcare networks have been activated to get the word out about prevention and treatment. Lifesaving supplies and protective equipment are on their way to Sierra Leone and Liberia right now.

06 Aug 2014 description

August 5, 2014—As the Ebola virus spreads in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, The United Methodist Church continues to be present and respond through West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the church’s humanitarian aid and health unit. UMCOR is part of the church’s mission agency, the General Board of Global Ministries. The church has three hospitals and five clinics in Sierra Leone and one hospital and three clinics in Liberia.

30 Jun 2014 description

New York, NY, June 27, 2014—The United Methodist Church is launching an Ebola Emergency Response Plan in the face of an outbreak of the deadly disease in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

The area of concentration is the Kailahun District in Sierra Leone, which joins Guinea and Liberia but extends beyond. The 599 cases reported as of June 20 suggest the largest Ebola surge in history. The disease has a death rate of 50 to 60 percent.

19 Jun 2014 description

By Julia Frisbie*

June 19, 2014—On May 24 in Rotifunk, Sierra Leone, thousands of young people spilled into the main streets cheering for the United Methodist Hatfield Archer Memorial Hospital. They held banners and signs aloft as they crowded around the renovated building. “It was very moving,” says Ted Warnock, representative for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at the joyful event. “This hospital will provide services to one of the poorest regions in Sierra Leone.”

A trailblazing history

14 Jun 2014 description

By Ben Rhodes*

With the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the local health board of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone has mobilized more than 2,300 local volunteers to distribute 390,000 insecticide-treated bed nets across the Bo District of Sierra Leone this month.

06 Jun 2014 description

By Kathy L. Gilbert

More than 1,500 people watched and cheered from the stands of the new Bo Stadium on June 5 as leader after leader told them mosquito insecticide-treated bed nets were ready for pickup in the 15 chiefdoms of the district.

The leaders also emphasized that it is now the responsibility of each adult to put up the nets and use them for the purpose they are intended.

“Everyone has the right to live,” said Bishop John K. Yambasu, United Methodist episcopal leader in Sierra Leone.

30 May 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk*

May 30, 2013—Little can evoke the sheer horror of civil war as powerfully as encountering the countless citizens of Sierra Leone whose arms or legs were brutally chopped off by rampaging paramilitary gangs.

Now that Sierra Leone lives in relative peace after those terrible 11 years of violence, the war’s wounds, both physical and emotional, still weigh heavily on the population. But UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has been employing practical measures to improve the lives of those left limbless.

01 Oct 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

October 1, 2012—Any observer could be forgiven for feeling the West African nation of Sierra Leone has suffered quite enough. It has endured a devastating 12-year civil war, many decades of serious land degradation, the grabbing of its mineral wealth by other countries, and copes still with the endemic presence of malaria, which causes three-quarters of all the country’s infant deaths.

On top of all this misfortune, though, Sierra Leone has been additionally challenged in 2012 by an outbreak of cholera of well-nigh epidemic proportions.

15 Feb 2011 description

By Mozart Adevu*

February 15, 2011-Imagine a tree in your backyard that meets all your nutritional needs, takes care of you medicinally, and purifies your water for you. This tree actually exists.

For centuries, the people of northern India and many parts of Africa have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera.

22 Dec 2009 description

2009 marked a year of new opportunities for UMCOR to open doors with new offices, new resources, new opportunities for disaster trainings, and a new birthing kit added to UMCOR's relief supplies.

07 Jul 2009 description



The Maternal and Child Health unit of the UMCOR-supported Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Sierre Leone, West Africa will double in capacity thanks to a $450,000 grant issued by USAID's American Schools and Hospital's Abroad (ASHA) Program to UMCOR.

The new facility will increase in maternal bed space from 24 to 48 and the pediatric unit will expand from 10 beds to 23.

12 May 2009 description



UMCOR has established the Ryckman Fund, in honor of Anne Ryckman, a deceased parishioner of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., who left a generous $1.7 million from her estate to UMCOR.

07 May 2009 description

Bethesda, MD, May 7, 2009-United Methodists are taking on a new challenge to provide every child under five years-old in Sierra Leone with a long-lasting insecticide treated bed net. These nets will provide protection from malaria for those most vulnerable to the deadly disease.

To kick off the effort to raise sufficient funds for the proposed November 2009 net distribution, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is issuing a $200,000 challenge grant from its newly-established Anne Ryckman Fund.

UMCOR President, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of Houston announced the grant and …

06 Apr 2009 description

A recent meeting of bishops and United Methodist health care leaders in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, has led to major capacity-building efforts throughout the Central Conferences in Africa through the assistance and support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

17 Jul 2008 description

By Linda Bloom

When June Kim recently visited Ghana as an executive with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, she asked people there if they were aware of a worldwide food crisis.

They were not, but acknowledged to Kim that the price of a cup of rice had doubled in the past year. Prices for fuel, materials and labor also had risen.

UMCOR is addressing the food crisis in Ghana and other parts of Africa through its Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program.

06 May 2008 description



UMCOR is working with its partner Church World Service to bring emergency relief to thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Nargis which tore through the Irrawaddy Delta on May 3, before slamming into Myanmar's (Burma) largest city of Yangon. According to a Reuters news report, the current death toll is 22,500 with a further 41,000 missing.

UMCOR is supporting CWS and its partner agencies and anticipates working with additional partners to provide relief and recovery assistance for the people of Myanmar.