Imagine No Malaria
Malaria—recognizable by early symptoms of fever, vomiting, and headache—is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, and can result in anemia, coma, and death if left untreated. Although malaria, a disease of poverty, is preventable, every year it kills 700,000 people, mostly children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. United Methodists are part of a worldwide effort to eradicate this disease by the year 2015.
The Imagine No Malaria Program currently provides grants to UMC Health Boards and UMC-affiliated structures in Africa. For information on the Imagine No Malaria program, please contact Jennifer Schumacher-Kocik, Grants Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Gifts to this program via UMCOR Advance #3021190 can make a big difference:
- Provides medication to treat someone with malaria.
- Purchases and delivers one insecticide-treated mosquito net.
- Covers the expenses for an anti-malaria campaign in a local school.
- Trains traditional birth attendants in malaria prevention and treatment.
- $500 Provides all the expenses for a one day community leader training for 35-40 attendees on malaria prevention
- $4,000 purchases a year's worth of malaria laboratory test kits for all UMC clinics in Bo District, Sierra Leone
- $5,000 supports a bed net distribution program targeting pregnant women and children in 20 communities in Liberia.
- $10,000 purchases anti-malarial medications for patients cared for in a rural hospital in Nigeria for one year.
- $20,000 underwrite a health board training for both annual conferences in Angola, to
assist our church in developing a strategic community-based health and
malaria prevention plan.
For additional resources about malaria, visit the Imagine No Malaria web page.
UMCOR Malaria Timeline
2005: UMCOR’s Malaria Control Program was launched in late 2005 in Sierra
Leone and is now operating in various countries around the globe. This
program works with communities to form comprehensive plans to combat
malaria. At the community level, UMCOR works to eliminate stagnant water
and trash around people’s homes. With your help, we are able to provide
training, free or low cost medications, consultations, Indoor Residual
Spraying, and insecticide-treated nets to individuals and families.
UMCOR’s efforts target pregnant women and children in particular, who
are most vulnerable.
2006: When the United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets Program
launched more than five years ago within the UMC, the concept spread
like wild fire throughout the denomination. Led by our youth in
particular, the UMC has raised more than $ 9 million to send life-saving
insecticide treated mosquito nets to Africa and join the global fight
to prevent unnecessary deaths from malaria. When United Methodist
Churches and Annual Conferences contributed to Nothing But Nets programs
in Sub-Sahara Africa, UMCOR worked with UMC health teams in Africa to
distribute the nets and implement the training follow up programs.
United Methodists pledged to support a “Global Health Initiative” at
General Conference. It was determined that the issue of malaria in
Africa would serve as the initial focal or entry point for the larger
denominational conversation about health worldwide.
Since the launch of Nothing But Nets and the Global Health Initiative,
we as a denomination have learned more about the complexities of
malaria, other related health challenges, and all the issues tied to
poverty and development. In an effort to honor both the enthusiasm of
Nothing But Nets, but wanting to do even more for malaria...
The Campaign was launched in April 2010, with a dual celebration in
Lubumbashi, DRCongo and Austin, TX. In addition to bed nets, our efforts
support other areas in the fight against malaria: environmental
clean-up (stagnant water and trash), basic sanitation (latrines and
water), treatment, education, training more health care workers, and
improving our existing hospitals and clinics. UMCOR’s role in this
campaign is to help UMC health boards and local communities develop
strategic plans and propose integrated solutions. All of these efforts
will be needed in order to combat malaria and other diseases of poverty
in Africa; and United Methodists are responding.
More resources are available from The Global Fund for AIDS/TB/Malaria, the World Health Organization, and Roll Back Malaria. Our partners in this effort include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.N. Foundation.