grant to the Foundation for United Methodist Communications to bring together
leaders of the church to consider a strategy for global health.
United Methodist leaders will convene in Washington, D.C. at the United Methodist building in December to discuss a global health initiative to mobilize United Methodists to eradicate malaria and address other diseases of poverty.
The meeting is supported with a grant from the United Nations Foundation to the Foundation for United Methodist Communications. It follows conversations that started at the TIME Global Health Summit in November 2005 in which Bishop Joao Somane Machado of Mozambique told the Summit of becoming ill with malaria more than 80 times and recounted the loss of several family members to the disease.
Gen. Secretary Randy Day, head of the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, said, “No one, absolutely no one, needs to die of malaria in the world today.”
And that’s the tragedy. Millions are dying. A child dies every 30 seconds. Eleven million kids die a year from a disease that has been effectively eliminated as a threat in the developing world. Malaria is a disease of poverty, completely preventable.
United Methodist leaders will have the opportunity to discuss this reality and determine, if and how, they might propose to United Methodist Christians they can help to change these terrible statistics.