GC Nutrition Council Annual Meeting

Silver Spring | General Conference--Nutritionists and some division Health Directors from around the world met on October 17-19, 2017 for the annual meeting of the General Conference Nutrition Council (GCNC) in Silver Spring, MD.  Chaired by Dr. Fred Hardinge, Associate Health Ministries Director and a dietitian himself, the group of highly qualified nutritionists aims at advising the church on nutrition and health related matters.

AINEC Latin America Meeting and Nursing Congress

Montemorelos University | Mexico--Hundreds of nursing professionals, educators and students gathered in Montemorelos, Mexico, for the 3rd International Nursing Congress and the 3rdAdventist International Nursing Education Consortium for Latin America (AINEC-LA) on October 13-18. Coordinated by the AINEC-LA board and the Montemorelos University Nursing Department, the Congress aimed at inspiring attendees to reaffirm their faith, renew their Christian values and to model a healthy life as they fulfill their calling.

Health Expo and Breathe-Free Outreach

Middle East North Africa Union (MENAU)--Several volunteers from Europe, North America, and the Middle East participated in a health outreach effort for the cities of Amman and Madaba, Jordan from Aug 30-September 8. Six health expos and vision clinics along with a Breathe-Free stop-smoking program made a difference in the lives of over 1,000 people who attended the programs. The events were a collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Jordan, and dozens of people around the globe helped sponsor this important initiative.

Hospitals Appreciative Inquiry

East Central Africa Division (ECD)--A team of leaders from the General Conference visited five mission hospitals and respective nursing schools in the East Central Africa Division during the month of August. The goal was to show appreciation and evaluate the needs and the care provided to patients. Hospitals visited included Kendu Bay in Kenya, Muganero in Rwanda, Ishaka in Uganda, Heri in Tanzania, and Gimbie in Ethiopia. Despite the great financial needs, these hospitals continue to serve the needy in communities that experience extreme poverty in remote areas.

Ukrainian and Transcaucus Union ARMin Training

Euro-Asia Division (ESD)--Dozens of health professionals, pastors, and lay ministry leaders attended the Adventist Recovery ministries (ARMin) training sessions in Ukraine and Armenia from June 20-28. Sponsored by the local Unions and the Euro-Asia Division, these ARMin training sessions equipped participants to start 12-step Christ centered groups to assist people struggling from harmful practices and addictive behaviors. Nadia Ivanova, ESD HM director, ensured all materials were translated into Russian.

No Tobacco Day Awareness Event

Timor Leste Mission | Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD)--Timor Leste (TL) is one of the world’s newest countries. Among its population of 1.2 million a devastating 69.5 percent of adults and 40 percent of youth smoke.  On May 31, TL Adventist Health Ministry joined the Ministry of Health of the government and other NGOs for the No More Tobacco Day parade. The local high school marching band brought their parade orchestra, which arrested the attention of participants and observers.

Andrews University Focus on Health and Wellness

Andrews University (AU) has embarked on a health and wellness mission to become the healthiest university in the US and to help everyone live life to the fullest! The university-wide initiative, Mission: Fully Alive, has been sparking a renewed revival on campus to make health and wellness a foundational pillar of the educational experience at AU. In May 2017, AU received the “Gold Level” recognition from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for being an exercise-promoting campus as part of the “Exercise-is-Medicine On Campus” nation-wide initiative for a second year in a row.

TED Union Health Ministries Directors Summit

On May 8-10, Union Health Directors from across the TED came together in Budapest to explore priorities, share ideas and resources, and make plans for comprehensive health ministry outreach in their territories. Dr. Torben Bergland, TED HM Director, shared the mission and vision for the TED HM department, and facilitated discussions on best practices, challenges, and opportunities within the territory. Mental health is a major focus of the strategic plan for the division, and Dr.

WAD Health Ministries Advisory

Health Ministries directors from 22 countries of WAD gathered on April 17-19, 2017, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for their Health Ministries and Adventist AIDS International Ministry (AAIM) Advisory. The chair, Dr. Andre Ndaa, was ably assisted by his staff, who made the event very special and hospitable. The agenda was packed with topics relevant to WAD fields: Church Health Institutions: Creation, Role, Accreditation, Networking; planning and organizing of Health Expos; Lifestyle centers: what works and how can sustainability be fostered?

SSD Adventist Recovery Ministries Training

Health professionals and health ministry directors from across Southern Asia gathered in Cavite, Philippines on March 18-21 to attend the first Adventist Recovery Ministries training for the Division. A collaboration between SSD and the GC Health Ministries, the training was instrumental in equipping leaders to launch Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARM) in in the surrounding countries. According to Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso, SSD HM Director, addictions are a major public health issue in several countries in the region.