Matt Bishop, an ELCA Global Mission colleague of mine, traveled to Zambia recently. He tells this story:
At the Kashima Rural Health Center in Zambia, one doctor serves a population of 11,000 people. In order to increase their capacity to treat malaria patients, pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia have been trained as community health workers, and have learned to administer rapid diagnostic tests for malaria.
The pastor pictured here (left) volunteers three days a week at the Kashima Rural Health Care Center. In the photo, he is administering a rapid diagnostic test to a young girl with a fever of 102 degrees, as Matt and the doctor look on. Fortunately, her malaria test is negative.
With the help of ELCA Malaria Campaign funding, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia has been able to increase the capacity of their clinics and train additional health care workers. They have seen incidences of malaria decrease in their communities due to the prevention and medication offered by malaria programs.
That’s your ELCA Malaria Campaign dollars at work!
- Jessica Nipp
Coordinator, ELCA Malaria Campaign