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LWR encourages special prayer on World Malaria Day, April 25

Baltimore, April 22, 2013—In observation of World Malaria Day, Thursday, April 25, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, is encouraging Lutherans to remember those suffering from malaria by praying a special prayer.

One child in Africa dies every 60 seconds from malaria. In a single 24-hour period — one day — 1,440 children in Africa will succumb to this disease. World Malaria Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage people to join in the worldwide effort to end malaria deaths in Africa. 

“Malaria is beatable, and treatable,” said LWR President and CEO John Nunes. “No child should ever die from a preventable disease. Please join us in prayer April 25 at 2:40 p.m. local time — 14:40 on a 24-hour clock — to lift up all those affected by malaria.”

The special World Malaria Day prayer from the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and other resources can be found at lutheranmalaria.org.

LMI is a partnership of LWR and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to mobilize U.S. Lutherans in the global effort to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa. In an expression of the Christian faith and God's love for all, LMI educates Lutherans about malaria, advocates for global health initiatives and raises funds to help combat the disease. LMI has been made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation.

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WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit lwr.org.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

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