Rural communities across Tanzania continue to face the key problem of an enormous malaria burden, resulting in poor health and loss of life, both of which contribute to limiting livelihoods. The high morbidity and mortality rate is caused by limited demand for malaria prevention and treatment services and limited access to malaria diagnosis and treatment. LWR and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) have implemented six years of malaria programing. The first phase of the project covered the period of October 2007-September 2010, and the second phase ran from October 2010-September 2013.
This project is amplifying the achievements of a six-year collaboration between the ELCT and LWR. The project continues to leverage the extensive reach of the church structures to the parish level to reach those most affected by malaria, and expand the church’s outreach to those not directly involved in church activities, namely farmer associations and public schools.
LWR has extensive experience working with farmer associations, both in Tanzania and in other countries in Africa, to improve incomes of their members.
The Increasing Community Investment for Malaria Control project is the third phase of the ELCT/LWR partnership to run for two years, starting October 1, 2013. The project will strive toward the goal of reduced malaria associated morbidity and mortality in Tanzania through meeting two objectives:
- Community members in the ELCT Dioceses of Pare, Morogoro and Iringa have increased demand for malaria prevention and treatment services.
- Community members in the ELCT Dioceses of Pare, Morogoro and Iringa have increased access to prevention and treatment services.