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by Melissa Crutchfield
Since 2008, The United Methodist Church has made significant advances in the area of Global Health. That year, the church defined its Four Areas of Focus and gave birth to the Imagine No Malaria (INM) initiative. Church leaders chose malaria as a lens through which to view health issues around the world holistically in order to develop a strategic response. It was then that I joined the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), first as the director of the Malaria Initiative and more recently as director of Global Health.
By Michelle Scott Okabayashi*
January 17, 2013—When asked to recall some highlights from the past four years of the church’s Imagine No Malaria Initiative, Nyamah Dunbar, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) executive for Imagine No Malaria, doesn’t hesitate. “The way in which our health coordinators and health boards have risen to the challenges placed before them,” she says, is foremost in her mind.
By Julia Kayser
August 17, 2012—Recently, Bridget Hayes of UMCOR met with UNICEF representatives to discuss the impact of HIV and AIDS on mothers and children. What she learned was that the community-based, grassroots approach that UCMOR takes to combatting HIV and AIDS can make a global impact.