Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of malaria. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support, malaria’s impact has been cut in half. According to the World Health Organization (World Malaria Report 2011), this disease now claims a life every 60 seconds. We seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria, so our journey continues….
For almost 200 years, The United Methodist Church has operated hospitals and clinics throughout Africa. Our facilities are a vital and trusted part of the healthcare delivery system on the continent. We are in many hard-to-reach places, beyond the reach of many aid organizations, sometimes even governments.
The Imagine No Malaria approach is focused on four key areas: prevention, education, communication and treatment.
Prevention: To date, Imagine No Malaria is responsible for the distribution of 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout the continent. Will your gift help us reach 2 million nets to protect families and save lives?
Education: We know that local people are the most credible and trusted source for information about malaria. We have trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates. Recent efforts in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo have produced net usage rates exceeding 80 percent.
Communication: Behavior-change communication includes how to use and care for a bed net, and when to seek treatment for the disease. In addition to word-of-mouth outreach, the United Methodist radio station in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) broadcasts messages about malaria to thousands of listeners each day.
Treatment: The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa. This vital healthcare infrastructure is a critical part of how we will overcome the disease. In order to be effective, however, these facilities must have life-saving resources like rapid diagnostic tests and malaria medication.
Working side-by-side with local communities, national departments of health, other nonprofit organizations (like Nets For Life, UNICEF, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) is precisely the way we will beat this disease.
Want to know more? Check out this map of UMC activities in Africa.