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Lutherans Are Fighting Malaria!

(But is it working?)

By Nikki Massie

Across the U.S., Lutherans have been coming together to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria — a preventable, treatable disease that claims the life of a child in Africa every single minute.

But is our malaria work making a difference?

As we prepare for World Malaria Day on April 25, we’re excited to share news from our malaria programs and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative that indicate— yes! — our efforts to provide malaria education, prevention and treatment are working.

In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), and with the support of people like you:

The number of children in Tanzania under the age of five that are using bed nets to protect them from mosquito bites rose from 66 to 89 percent!

Ochuki with a bed net.

Ochuki will now be able to sleep under an Insecticide-treated bed net.

Just a few short months ago, Ochuki and his family were at risk for malaria because they didn’t have enough bed nets. Insecticide-treated bed nets provide protection from malaria-carrying mosquitos that tend to bite from dusk to dawn.

With the help of an ELCT volunteer, the family received two additional nets. Volunteers also check in with his and other families to ensure the bed nets are being used properly and consistently!

Read more about Ochuki and his family.

Nearly 1.2 million people have been reached with education on malaria prevention and control messages through Sunday school classes.

Yuniah Nyamumbo
Yuniah Nyamumbo

In addition to outreach in Sunday school, your gifts have supported community outreach through the church as well. That’s how we met Yuniah Nyamumbo. She says, “We want to do away with malaria.”

She’s a young mother of two boys and is a volunteer team leader in the Matongo Lutheran Parish in Tanzania. Along with other community and parish volunteers, she travels from home to home to educate people on the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of malaria.

“Many people received nets [through a previous government distribution] but they just brought them home and put them away,” Yuniah shares. “Our community was very happy to get the knowledge about the use of bed nets.”

Read more about Yuniah.

Your support is making an impact in Mali too!

Our malaria project in Mali just came to a close and we’ve made awesome strides. Check it out!

 

2006

2012

Parents reporting their children under 5 years old slept under a bed net the night before

27 – 30%

99%

Pregnant women receiving adequate dosages of anti-malarial medication

3 – 4%

81%

Children receiving malaria treatment after reporting a fever

4 – 11%

91%

We’re also making progress in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Uganda.

But we can’t stop here! Until malaria deaths are a thing of the past, there’s still plenty of work to do. Make a difference in the fight against malaria today.

Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.

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