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The UMCOR Hotline for May 16, 2012

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - USA - Fri, 18 May 2012 19:17 GMT
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In Today's Hotline: Read how UMCOR is responding to needs around the world

NEWS: STRATEGIES FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

PRAYER: HAITI PARTNERS

MEDIA: TEXT TO GIVE AND FIGHT HIV/AIDS

RESOURCE: CONNECTING NEIGHBORS

NEWS: STRATEGIES FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

In many countries, up to 20 percent of children die before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. In addition, more than 300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is trying to turn these statistics around with its comprehensive maternal and child survival program.

Access to basic health care can dramatically increase the health of mothers and their babies. UMCOR supports prenatal clinics and clinics for children under the age of five, as well as training events for traditional birth attendants. UMCOR also educates mothers. This program emphasizes four basic health strategies: nutrition, oral rehydration, immunization, and growth monitoring. Read more.

Give to help mothers and their children by contributing to the Maternal and Child Survival Program, UMCOR Advance #982645.

PRAYER: HAITI PARTNERS

Pray for the Haiti Mission Partners Meeting that is taking place in Orlando, Florida, this week, as they gather to examine new ways to collaborate with the people of Haiti to advance recovery from the January 2010 earthquake there.

Praise for safe travels of UMCOR Global Health Director Shannon Trilli to and from South Sudan where she met with partners to consider more community health programming there.

MEDIA: TEXT TO GIVE AND FIGHT HIV/AIDS

Support the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund through the new text-to-give campaign. Text HEALTH to 80888 to give $10 to support education, prevention, care, and treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more.

RESOURCE: CONNECTING NEIGHBORS

The Connecting Neighbors leadership training program is a one-day, disaster-readiness program for local churches, designed to equip volunteer trainers with the information and tools they need to help guide the church as it prepares to respond to disaster in the community. Use this flyer to learn more and promote this important UMCOR program.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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 any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. 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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