Abundant Health
Abundant Health

General Conference 2016 Affirmed Next Global Health Initiative

In May 2016, during the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon, the denomination affirmed Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children as the next step in its global health initiative. Through it, the church commits itself to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020.

Coordinated by Global Ministries, Abundant Health will focus on four core areas impacting the health of children throughout the world. It will aim to:

Samuteb Memorial Hospital
Samuteb Memorial Hospital in Kapanga.
(Photo: Roman Hofer)
  1. Ensure safe births
  2. Address nutritional challenges and promote breastfeeding
  3. Advance prevention and treatment of childhood diseases
  4. Promote children’s health and wholeness

The program also will engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States to develop support systems for treatment, education, and disease prevention in their neighborhoods. Global Ministries will encourage churches to promote physical activities, promote a healthy diet and nutrition, provide education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and promote mental health education.

Read the full story here and visit the Abundant Health web page at www.umcmission.org/abundant-health.