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UMCOR Hotline 12 Jan 2010: Georgia, Haiti

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Haiti Emergency: A Major Earthquake Hits Haiti

A major earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti causing widespread destruction. Millions of people are affected and thousands are feared dead. UMCOR is assessing the needs and preparing to respond. UMCOR asks for prayers for all who are affected by the disaster. Support for relief efforts can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325


In the Republic of Georgia, acute respiratory infections are common among children from infancy to 14 years of age. Current methods of treatment used in hospitals are either outdated or inefficient.

UMCOR, with funding support from UNICEF, is addressing the health needs of vulnerable groups in Georgia through the Support for Child Health in Georgia Project. By providing training to healthcare providers in Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), and by supplying much-needed medicines, children living in shelters for displaced people in the conflict-affected region of Shida Kartli will get the quality health services they need.

Tkviavi Emergency Medical Service (MDS), one of five hospitals receiving IMCI training from UMCOR, serves 6,104 children under the age of 14 with respiratory infections. Tkviavi MDS has received nebulizers, pulse oximeters, and essential medicines necessary for the treatment of common childhood illnesses. The project has significantly improved the quality of the hospital's pediatric healthcare services.

Support this work with your gifts to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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