Health and healing
The WCC’s health and healing programme facilitates networking and dialogue to promote health and healing for all people. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the WCC is developing a global ecumenical health strategy to meet continuing and new health challenges worldwide.
Health is more than physical and mental well-being, and healing is not primarily medical. Health and healing were a central feature of Jesus’ ministry and of his call to his followers, and the church has been engaged in health services for centuries.
By stimulating dialogue among faith-based networks and within civil society, the WCC contributes to reflection on the theological basis of medical mission as well as to the development of new concepts of Christian health care.
The WCC's relationship with the World Health Organization and other international organizations such as UNICEF and UNAIDS allows it to facilitate networking and advocacy on behalf of church-related health networks.
The global health agenda has changed greatly over the years. In addition to the global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on good health and well-being, health is inherent in each of the 17 SDGs. Universal health coverage, with the virtual elimination of HIV, is an urgent global public health agenda. Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, like Ebola and Dengue, are still a concern. Antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases and non-communicable diseases, including life-style diseases, have now come to the fore with a growing global impact.
With these continuing and new global challenges, the WCC believes that it is time again for the church to reaffirm the role it has played over the centuries as leader in global health, and consolidate all efforts towards health and healing for all.
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