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  • March 23, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Earthquake Response Update

*CHILE: Earthquake Response Update

*GLOBAL: World Malaria Day is April 25

*INDIA: Prayers of Encouragement for People Living With HIV/AIDS


UMCOR Health Sets Haiti Strategy

UMCOR Health will send a team to Haiti next month to begin implementation of a strategy for post-earthquake health care, based on four priorities.

First, UMCOR will help Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince and Hôpital de Bienfaisance in Pingnon to strengthen pediatrics, surgery, orthopedics, nursing and pastoral care by fostering a partnership between the two Haitian hospitals and three US-based Methodist hospitals.

UMCOR Health also will offer to train board and management teams to shore up the governance of hospitals and clinics throughout Haiti and will study the feasibility of starting a limb prosthesis program.

Finally, UMCOR will promote community-based primary care programs that focus on women’s and children’s health, prevention and treatment of malaria, and training for community workers in Haiti.

UMCOR set these directions following a March 11 consultation with representatives of United Methodist-related health agencies, Methodist hospitals and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM).

Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made online by visiting One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti. Online Giving

Head of Mission, Haiti Desk Officer Hired

UMCOR has hired a Head of Mission for the office in Port-au-Prince and a Haiti Desk Officer to work at the New York City headquarters. The position for Haiti Church Liaison is posted through April 5. Local staff in Haiti now include a program officer, logistics assistant, two drivers, an office manager, and an administrative assistant.

More information on UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be found in the weekly update Be There. Be Hope. In Haiti.

Birthing Kits and Layette Kits Needed

Since the disaster in Haiti, both UMCOR Sager Brown and UMCOR West have received a total of more than 400,000 health kits – enough to replenish the supply of kits as they are sent to Haiti.

Because of this generous response, the depots are asking volunteers to transition from the preparation of health kits to the preparation of layette kits and birthing kits. Providing necessary resources for mothers and infants, these kits are in great demand as Haitians begin to rebuild their lives.

To learn about UMCOR’s layette kits and birthing kits please click here.


Goals Set For Chile Visit

UMCOR Assistant General Secretary Rev. Tom Hazelwood and Mission Relationships Executive Dakin Cook will visit, from March 29 to April 3, the areas hardest hit by the February 27 earthquake.

According to Hazelwood, the aims of the trip are to express and encourage solidarity with the Methodist Church of Chile and all Chileans, evaluate the effectiveness of last fall’s UMCOR disaster response training in Chile, and discern next steps for relief and recovery efforts.

You can be there, be hope for the people in Chile through your financial support of Chile Emergency UMCOR Advance #3021178. Online Giving


In the four minutes you have been reading this Hotline eight children in the world have died of malaria. One child every 30 seconds succumbs to the preventable, treatable disease.

What’s more, malaria can prevent a child ever being born. Women in malaria-prone regions of the world who do not receive antenatal care during their pregnancy may contract the mosquito-born illness and miscarry.

World Malaria Day is April 25. You can help prevent and treat this disease for which half the world’s population is at risk. Give to UMCOR’s Community-Based Malaria Control Program, UMCOR Advance #982009. Click the button to give now online


Upper Room Ministries will offer its Prayers of Encouragement to Hindi-speakers and Tamil-speakers in India, thanks to an UMCOR grant from the Global AIDS Fund.

The meditations and prayers by people affected by HIV/AIDS, once translated for these two new editions, will benefit 50,000 people in India who are coping with the disease and its implications.

Prayers of Encouragement already has appeared in English, French, Portuguese, Kiswalhili, Xhosa, and Spanish.

Your gift to UMCOR Advance #982345 will benefit this and other programs covered by the UMCOR-supported United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Online Giving

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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