Five ways The United Methodist Church has impacted malaria
April 25 is World Malaria Day, an international observance dedicated to malaria awareness.
Since 2010, the people of The United Methodist Church through its Imagine No Malaria initiative have focused on reducing malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the process, the denomination has learned that “our God is able, more than able to do more than we can ask or imagine.”
- Provided more than 4 million life-saving bed nets
Insecticide-treated bed nets remains the most effective way to prevent malaria. Since The United Methodist Church began its effort, which has included bed net distributions, global mortality rates have fallen by an estimated 60 percent.
- Renovated 61 healthcare facilities
Improved medical clinics and hospitals in Africa result in better diagnosis, case management and access to medication.
- Treated more than 2.7 million people with malaria
Treatment works. Because of the global effort to fight malaria, an estimated 6.8 million deaths have been averted since 2001, according to the World Health Organization’s 2017 World Malaria Report.
- Protected more than 175,000 structures with indoor residual spraying (IRS)
IRS is the application of long-acting chemical insecticides to the walls and roofs of house and domestic animal shelters, a top malaria intervention recommend by the World Health Organization.
- Trained thousands of community health workers and volunteers
Through education outreach, a grassroots network has been established with health workers and volunteers who deliver and install bed nets and teach people how to properly use and care for the nets. In addition to aiding with malaria prevention, these workers often assist in other health-related capacities that serve as a vital connection for communities.
Watch the video above that features an original song commissioned by United Methodist Communications for its Imagine No Malaria celebration held at General Conference 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The song, “Our God is Able,” was written by James Tealy and James Elliott and recorded by Jeremy Rosado, a finalist on Season 11 of “American Idol.”
And download this infographic to post in your church and share. It beautifully shows the effects of the ministries of The United Methodist Church to reduce malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Crystal Caviness is a public relations specialist with United Methodist Communications. Ashley Gish is assistant campaign director for Imagine No Malaria.