Lutheran Malaria Initiative

Photo: Olivier Girard for LWR

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them children. As Christians we must not stand by and let this happen. That’s why LWR is working to make sure people have the knowledge and tools they need to prevent malaria.

LWR is also a partner in the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), which mobilizes U.S. Lutherans in the global effort to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI is a partnership of Lutheran World Relief and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and is made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation.

Malaria kills one child every 60 seconds and upwards of 1 million people a year, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Malaria is preventable and treatable. Together, we can make a life-saving difference. Half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria. It takes just one mosquito to destroy livelihoods, health and hope of entire families and communities. By helping to provide treatment and resources for education and prevention, Lutherans can make a monumental difference in the global fight against malaria. Find out more at

So what are you waiting for?

At, you can:

  • Support our work.
  • Watch a video and discover the importance of giving people a first chance at life.
  • Challenge your friends to a quiz and test your knowledge of malaria.
  • Help us spread the word and fight for a world without malaria.

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Little Things Make Big Differences

A story about Malaria

Rehema is a young girl who lives in the African country of Tanzania. When she was a baby, Rehema was infected with malaria, but because her parents were able to get treatment for her, she survived. In the book, Rehema describes what children in the United States can do to help fight malaria.

This little book is a perfect opportunity to educate and get children involved in the cause.

LWRnews Malaria Issue

April 2011

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April 2010

Malaria Issue

June 2009

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