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17 Oct 2009 description

A UMNS Report

By Linda Bloom*

United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton keeps a $10 bill in his pocket so he can demonstrate how little money it takes to protect an African household from malaria.

But the roving ambassador for the denomination's involvement in the Nothing But Nets project, a joint effort with the United Nations Foundations and other groups, has a much larger goal than the millions of bed nets that have been sent to Africa.

Bickerton, who is chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, seeks nothing less than the …

16 Nov 2004 description

By Linda Beher and Elliott Wright

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), currently serving Sudanese refugees in Chad, is now poised to provide more direct services inside Sudan. UMCOR will extend its efforts with displaced persons inside the violence-torn Darfur section of Sudan by mid-December.

An investigative team, which spent three weeks in the area for UMCOR, found continuing need for basic relief efforts, for steps to ward off famine, and for preparation to eventually return people to their homes.

19 Oct 2004 description

Haiti: Storm Devastation Only One Issue in a Litany of Disasters

Last week, UMCOR workers assessed Haiti's storm-wracked northern region in preparation for potential aid initiatives there. David Sadoo, international field staff for the agency, described roads that have been "sheared off" by mudslides and covered with boulders.

21 Jul 2004 description

The United Nations says that, right now, the crisis in Sudan is the world's worst humanitarian disaster. After 16 months of armed conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, nearly 30,000 residents have been killed, more than a million displaced.

20 Jul 2004 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 July 2004

02 Jun 2004 description

NEW YORK, NY, June 2, 2004 -The chief mission executive of The United Methodist Church today took a cautiously optimistic view of the recent formal moves toward ending a long civil war in Sudan.