Current UMO News

World AIDS Day

December 5, 2017 |

December 1. World AIDS Day. As much as HIV/AIDS seems to be on the decrease in Africa and other areas, we are sadly aware that this disease is on the increase in Ukraine. The stigma associated with HIV in Ukraine is so strong that many people will simply not be tested, even if they are…

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On the Move

December 3, 2017 |

So much has taken place in our past few months that I am kicking myself for not writing daily! There is no way to catch up on ALL that has happened, but I will give some highlights over the next days! We have moved our official USA home address from Maryland to Ohio. The Ukraine…

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Children’s Hospital #1

September 8, 2015 |

Since our return to Ukraine in August, Jim and I have suggested to each other that we go visit our friends at Children’s Hospital #1, but it seems that something always interferes with our plans. But Friday, when Viktor called to see if he could come by before he went to the hospital we quickly…

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Teaching the untaught

February 1, 2013 |

Read this update about our work with hospitalized HIV+ patients at Okmatdet, the national children’s hospital in Kyiv. UMO is so thankful for such a creative teacher who loves working with these children!

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Lives are improving

August 28, 2012 |

Last night’s dinner. Long-awaited. Long-anticipated. But finally a reality! We like to gather the ‘team’ here for dinner on a regular basis so that we can all get to know each other better — outside of a hospital setting — and also so that we can understand frustrations and successes in the ministry. Last night…

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Children reaching out

August 9, 2012 |

What a blessing to be in a position to watch children minister to children. There is just something so innocent when children opt to reach out to other children. Unassuming. Genuine. This week at the HIV/AIDS unit of the National Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, a new family in town visited our favorite little patients. Such…

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Untreated AIDS patients due to corruption

June 29, 2012 |

A recent article in The Washington Post claims that tens of thousands of AIDS patients in Ukraine are untreated due to corruption. Read the full article here.

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HIV/AIDS in Ukraine

December 6, 2011 |

A recent report in The Economist revealed some disturbing information about the HIV/AIDS problem in Ukraine, and also the government’s response. Details on Marianna’s blog. The general public needs much education concerning truth and myths regarding this disease…the stigma associated with it includes unwarranted fear that then results in condemnation and isolation.

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Coalition for Children at Risk

November 9, 2011 |

What a wonderful morning! The Coalition for Children at Risk met at our flat for the purpose of sharing information, fellowship and networking. Nineteen people represented 10 different ministries, and following the formal meeting there was a buzz in the room. And not just because of the delicious snacks and hot spiced apple juice! People…

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