Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. A continent. Entire nations…slipping away. Slipping through life’s precious net. Unless you hear the buzzing inside you.
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We fight malaria with a comprehensive model.
So here’s the plan: The United Methodist Church is using nearly 200 years experience in Africa to work against malaria. This comprehensive approach is divided into four main parts:
Prevention: We are improving the ways people fight the disease locally: Using bed nets. Access to diagnostic tests and medicine. Draining standing water. Improving sanitation. Every person can take steps to prevent malaria deaths, from protective measures to taking swift action when malaria symptoms begin.
Treatment: Improving infrastructure. There are literally hundreds of churches, schools, hospitals and clinics operated by The United Methodist Church in Africa, but what good are they if medicines to treat malaria aren’t available? We’ll make sure these facilities have the diagnostic tests and treatment needed to save lives.
Education: We are reaching out to those who need it most. We trained thousands of local people in African communities to teach their communities about avoiding malaria. For example in Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo these workers went door-to-door to deliver bed nets, installed them in homes and taught people how to properly use and care for the nets.
Communications: And finally, your support helps upgrade communications networks throughout the continent. Building new radio stations and providing hand-crank and solar-powered radios will ensure we are reaching great numbers of people with life-saving information about malaria.
What makes us so sure? We are putting in place a system of accountability. By establishing health boards in Africa, these groups will be held responsible for stewardship of your donation and results, putting funds to work with a plan that creates malaria programs that truly serve the needs of their local communities. We now have 12 trained health boards in 16 African countries. These boards will be eligible to receive more funding from our partners like The Global Fund.
Why are we focused on malaria?
Malaria is a global health problem, affecting more than 500 million and killing more than one million every year. Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria. Malaria disproportionately affects young children and pregnant women. The people of The United Methodist Church have the unique opportunity to put discipleship into action to make a difference. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease and it is a fight we can win.
More than 90 percent of the one million malaria deaths each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa. One in five children who dies before age five will die of malaria. Malaria was eliminated in the United States in the 1950s, but it remains a serious health issue across the globe, particularly in developing African countries. The United Methodist Church has been operating hospitals and clinics across Africa for more than 160 years, allowing us to reach the most remote areas, providing care and treatment where people need it most.
Why is this effort to fight malaria different than what we have done before?
Imagine No Malaria is a comprehensive effort to deliver a sustainable solution to the malaria burden in Africa. Imagine No Malaria represents an unprecedented approach, which includes prevention, education, communication and treatment resources in a life-changing ministry.
How is Imagine No Malaria different from Nothing But Nets?
The success of Nothing But Nets has lifted us to a place where a sustainable victory over malaria is possible. The great work of Nothing But Nets will continue as part of Imagine No Malaria. Mosquito nets remain very important tool, and when combined with education, communications and improved treatment, we will achieve a sustainable victory over malaria.
Can we really achieve this goal?
Yes. The world already possesses the treatment and preventative measures to eliminate deaths from malaria. Working with a Christ-like compassion, 11.5 million United Methodists are opening doors to those who need it most.
Is The United Methodist Church working alone in this effort?
No. The United Methodist Church is blessed to work alongside several key partners in the fight against malaria. With partnership support from the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The United Methodist Church will harness the energy of an entire denomination to empower our brothers and sisters in Africa to achieve a sustainable victory over malaria.
How much of my contribution will go to fighting malaria?
Thanks to a generous grant from the United Nations Foundation that will pay for all administrative costs of Imagine No Malaria, one hundred percent of contributions to this ministry will go to the fight against malaria.
How can I make a gift?
Gifts can be made to Imagine No Malaria by either sending your donation to:
UMC – Imagine No Malaria; PO Box 440544; Nashville, TN 37244-0544
You can go to http://www.imaginenomalariamo.org/ to donate through our annual conference.
You can text “Malaria MO” to 27722 to make a $10 contribution through your phone.
You can click on https://civi.umcom.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7 to use a secure online form to make either a one-time or an ongoing regular contribution using your credit/debit card.
You can write a check to Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church, and designate it for “Imagine No Malaria.”
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