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Imagine No Malaria Update Planned for November 4


November 3, 2014

Global Fund exec to address Council of Bishops

Oklahoma City, Okla.:  The Imagine No Malaria initiative will provide an update to the Council of Bishops on November 4 about the progress of the campaign, which aims to raise $75 million to aid in the elimination of deaths from malaria in Africa.

Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will travel from Geneva to address the Council about what has been achieved to date in partnership with The United Methodist Church.

The denomination is the only faith-based organization to have made a significant pledge to the Global Fund, having made a commitment of $28 million in 2010, of which $8.5 million has been contributed so far.

Dr. Benn is one of the founding board members of the Global Fund, a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He has 25+ years of experience in global health and health advocacy, having worked as a clinician and public health official in Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as a rural hospital in Tanzania.

About Imagine No Malaria 
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. With a comprehensive approach to fighting this killer disease, Imagine No Malaria empowers the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria. For more information, please visit

Media contact:

Diane Degnan

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