ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/"I hope you like them!" - Children lead the charge at Luther Memorial ChurchTim Brown, Pastor, Luther Memorial Churchhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/293http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/293<div class="ExternalClassB5D116AA5CA2404C84CA889096447C5A"><p><em>Today's story was authored by Pastor Tim Brown at Luther Memorial Church in Chicago, IL.&#160;​</em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Every year Luther Memorial Church of Chicago gives an &quot;Advent Gift for the World.&quot;&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The gift is usually connected to a ministry of the larger church, and tries not only to be a blessing for our neighbors, but also raise awareness about the great work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and her partner missions.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In past years we've helped raise money for a school in South Africa, have bought livestock through the Good Gifts campaign, and have given new coats to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.</span></p><p>All throughout the Autumn of 2014 the children of the church had been learning about the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160; Taking pieces from the <a href="http&#58;//resources.elca.org/ELCA_Malaria_Campaign-Catch_the_Buzz_Malaria_Vacation_Bible_School_Kit.html">free online Vacation Bible School curriculum</a>, Deaconess Claire used a dedicated time during worship on Sundays to teach the children about malaria, who it affects, and how it can be eradicated.</p><p>When it came time to choose a new gift for the world, it just made sense to continue the work and take education and put it in action.&#160; With the children at the lead, Luther Memorial decided to provide some nets for the initiative to help prevent malaria from spreading.</p><p>One little girl in the congregation decided to use her birthday to help the cause!&#160; Olivia Hotary, at five years old, didn't think any family should be sick just because they couldn't have access to or afford a net.&#160; So she took a coffee can, decorated it with mosquitoes, and decided to pass the can around at her birthday party.&#160; She also told all the adults in her life&#160;- babysitters, grandparents, church members&#160;-&#160;of what she was doing and why it was important to get the nets.&#160; And having saved up some money of her own, Olivia also decided that a net was not that much money and donated out of her own little pocket.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Olivia.jpg" alt="Olivia.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Olivia Hotary, who raised money for mosquito nets at her birthday party!&#160;</em></p><p>The response was amazing, and through Olivia and the church's effort, we were able to donate over $800 to buy nets to stop malaria from spreading.</p><p>When her mother, Ann-Marie, asked five year old Olivia what she'd like to say to those who may have received a net because of her work she replied, &quot;I hope you like them!&quot;</p><p><em>Thanks to Pastor Tim for sharing Luther Memorial's story with us, and thanks especially to Olivia for providing a great example of what it means to love our neighbor! Do you have a congregational story to share? Stories can be submitted to malaria@elca.org.&#160;</em></p></div>01/23/2015Performance Education: The Lutheran malaria program in MalawiAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/292http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/292<div class="ExternalClass2114FE858B6142C4934DF2FA5EB35838"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">If the message is well composed and is reaching the masses, malaria cases can be reduced,&quot; asserts Judith Jere, the coordinator of the Lutheran malaria program in Malawi.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">n a weeklong workshop earlier this year, the malaria program taught dozens of youth participants to do just that&#58; to create a well-composed message about malaria prevention and control, and to get that message to the masses.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The youth learned to use song, drama and dance to capture the attention of a crowd and to relay important, even life-saving messages&#58;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Malaria is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Malaria is preventable.</em><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </em><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">You can choose behaviors that keep your family safe.</em></p><p>&#160;&quot;The use of dramas, poems, songs and traditional dances can play a major role in the fight against malaria because many people will be reached at one time, and people will be entertained while getting the message concerning the problem,&quot; Ms. Jere explained. <em>(Photo&#58; Judith Jere)</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Judith.jpg" alt="Judith.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p>The weeklong &quot;Theater for Development&quot; workshop taught participants to understand the underlying issues of malaria transmission, prevention and treatment.&#160; It also taught them skills in composing dramas, poems, songs and dances that would reinforce the malaria message.&#160; &quot;It is good to fully understand the content of your message before you disseminate it,&quot; says Ms. Jere.&#160; </p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">H</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">arry Namakonje is one of the youth who participated in the &quot;Theater for Development&quot; workshop earlier this year.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;This training has helped me to be fully equipped in the fight against malaria,&quot; Harry says. When he returns home, he plans to form a drama group in his area as one way of sensitizing people about the issues surrounding malaria.</span><p> <br>According to Ms. Jere, performance groups will be established in each of the areas where the Lutheran malaria program in Malawi is active.&#160; &quot;It is our hope that having these groups in our targeted areas will reduce the malaria cases,&quot; she said. <em>(Photo&#58; a local performance group in Malawi educates a community about malaria prevention and control.)</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malawi%20Drama.jpg" alt="Malawi Drama.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>For more information about the Lutheran malaria program in Malawi and its Theater for Development workshop, click here. [http&#58;//elcm.weebly.com/theatre.html ]&#160;</em></p></div>01/21/2015New Adventures!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/291http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/291<div class="ExternalClass8BC14D2307284AC7A11A3B3FE636FF86"><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">Dear friends of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, </span></font></p><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">It is with much excitement that I share with you the news of some changes in my life, both personal and professional.&#160; I will soon be moving on from my position as Coordinator for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. I have absolutely loved my job with the ELCA Malaria Campaign these past 4-1/2 years. I have been blessed to get to know many of you—and to love and appreciate all of you—who give so generously and work so hard to make this campaign a success in our synods and in our church.</span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><img alt="Hacker headshot compressed.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Hacker%20headshot%20compressed.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;161px;" /><em>(Photo&#58; Jessica Nipp Hacker)</em></span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">As you know, 2015 is the final year of the ELCA Malaria Campaign—and we are well-positioned for success! Individuals, congregations and synods have been generous, and we are nearly 90% of the way toward our $15 million fundraising goal! (Way to go, ELCA!)&#160; Although the ELCA Malaria Campaign still has a lot of momentum in the church, we’re starting to wind down a bit on the administrative side of things. Because synods and congregations have really taken ownership of their malaria efforts, we are able to reduce our staff size for the final year of the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160; The very capable Allison Beebe, whom many of you know and trust already, will be captaining the malaria ship (or “landing the malaria plane,” if you prefer an aeronautical metaphor!) in 2015, and I will be taking on some new and different responsibilities with our Mission Funding team here at the Churchwide office. This transition will take place at the end of January. We’ve been working on our transition strategy for some time, so we’re confident everything will go smoothly.&#160; </span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The timing has been wonderful for me on a personal level as well, because the other news from the Hacker family is that we’re expecting a baby boy in a couple of weeks! So I’ll be working on the transition to parenthood as well, and when I come back from maternity leave, I’ll come back into the new position. (My husband and I have a pretty good transition strategy in the works, too. <font face="Wingdings">J</font>)</span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">What does this mean for donors and volunteers of the ELCA Malaria Campaign? Mostly it means that Allison will be your primary contact person from now on, with great backup from the ELCA World Hunger team, with whom we’ve been working closely the whole time. Allison can be reached at <a href="https&#58;//webmail2.elca.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=gzlBYD0YVk6CIX7z74E4kqBifRuRBNIIFR2KelY-sQ-tSyCxKBDp45tb-rBqbH2fYlzTNMC-GoI.&amp;URL=mailto&#58;Allison.Beebe%40elca.org" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Allison.Beebe@elca.org</font></span></a> or 773-380-2724. (Allison is also the friendly face behind <a href="https&#58;//webmail2.elca.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=gzlBYD0YVk6CIX7z74E4kqBifRuRBNIIFR2KelY-sQ-tSyCxKBDp45tb-rBqbH2fYlzTNMC-GoI.&amp;URL=mailto&#58;malaria%40elca.org" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">malaria@elca.org</font></span></a>.)</span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Beebe%20headshot%20compressed.jpg" alt="Beebe headshot compressed.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;161px;height&#58;204px;" />(Photo&#58; Allison Beebe)</em></span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">I’m taking on a new position, but I’m not going far; in fact, I’ll still be in the same cubicle next to Allison when I begin my new position! So you know where to find me. <font face="Wingdings">J</font></span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve God, and to serve the ELCA, as the Coordinator of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. I thank God for all of you, and for my colleagues here at the Churchwide office who will shepherd the ELCA Malaria Campaign to its successful conclusion. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with all of you, and with our companions in Africa, as we strive to make malaria history. I look forward to celebrating with you in the months to come!</span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">Joy and peace,</span></font></div><div style="margin&#58;0px 0px 10pt;"><font size="2" style="font-family&#58;'comic sans', 'comic sans ms', cursive;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><em>Jessica Nipp Hacker</em></span></font></div></div>01/15/2015Save the Date: World Malaria Day 2015Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/290http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/290<div class="ExternalClass5C7B5A3BEA424D70A156DE9CEEC2DF43"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">From the beginning, the ELCA Malaria Campaign has had a goal to raise $15 million by 2015. Can you believe that 2015 has begun? </span><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Now is the time to mark your calendars for World Malaria Day 2015!</strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> World Malaria Day is observed internationally on April 25, which happens to land on a Saturday this year. </span><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;">We are encouraging congregations to commemorate World Malaria Day on Sunday, April 26, 2015. </strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">This will be the final observance of World Malaria Day within the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and it is our hope that many people participate!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/World%20Malaria%20Day.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p>As we have done in the past, we will provide worship materials and informational resources as the date approaches, which you can use to inspire a meaningful Malaria Sunday observance in your congregation. <strong>Be sure to encourage congregations in your area to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign in 2015, </strong>not only so that we can reach our fundraising goal, but so that we can continue to work with companions in Africa to reduce deaths from malaria. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/World%20Malaria%20Day%20Nets.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day Nets.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p></div>01/13/2015Let's Talk Fashion: uniforms, t-shirts, and fabrics of the Lutheran malaria programAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/289http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/289<div class="ExternalClass22143A3875B6495AAED96B556AD36B78"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">There are many ways that the staff and volunteers of the Lutheran malaria program identify themselves as community leaders, and sometimes it is by what they wear! T-shirts, uniforms and fabrics are all among the ways that malaria leaders can make a visible statement about the work that they are so passionate about – the work of preventing and treating malaria.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​​<br></span></p><p>The Lutheran World Federation implements programming in Uganda. Their Village Health Team members (VHTs)&#160;can be identified by their bright blue shirts!&#160;The VHTs are sensitizing communities on prevention, testing and treatment of malaria at the village level.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Uganda.jpg" alt="Uniform Uganda.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>Here are two Lutheran malaria program leaders in Zimbabwe. The woman on the left is Yeukai Muzezewa, Malaria Project Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. The woman on the right is a malaria volunteer in the community. Yeukai's t-shirt has the phrase &quot;Imalaria Iyavikeleka&quot; which means &quot;Malaria is preventable&quot; in Shona (the local language). The other shirt says &quot;Counting Malaria Out.&quot;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Zimbabwe.jpg" alt="Uniform Zimbabwe.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>The community health volunteers in Mozambique are called &quot;activistas&quot;. Some activistas wear these blue smocks so that people can easily spot a malaria leader in the community. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Mozambique.jpg" alt="Uniform Mozambique.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>Headman Kanema of Mununji village in Dipalata, Zambia dons a t-shirt with an Olyset Net logo featured prominently. Olyset is a mosquito net brand&#160;commonly seen in Zambia. &#160;The Lutheran malaria program in Zambia works in conjunction with the Ministry of Health on net distribution, and Olyset is a type of long-lasting insecticide-treated net that has been recommended for use. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Zambia.jpg" alt="Uniform Zambia.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>Kelton Ncube, Malaria Field Office in Burure, Zimbabwe, wears this bright orange t-shirt that says &quot;Defeat Malaria!&quot; This color is hard to miss and Kelton has said&#160;that nearly&#160;everyone from the community knows that he is their malaria point person. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Zimbabwe%202.jpg" alt="Uniform Zimbabwe 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>Speaking of bright orange, the women of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) wear orange fabric while attending a malaria training. The training was hosted by the LCCN Women's Fellowship. The trained women leaders have taken the message of malaria prevention and control to their local congregations and have increased involvement in malaria education. And thanks to their orange headwear, they are easy to identify once they arrive back home. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Nigeria.png" alt="Uniform Nigeria.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>This colorful fabric promotes malaria prevention and encourages the use of bed nets!</p><p>​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Uniform%20Fabric.jpg" alt="Uniform Fabric.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>As you can see, there are many fashionable ways to be a malaria advocate! Not only that, &#160;but uniforms like these build a sense of identity, professionalism and purpose in the communities.&#160;</p></div>01/09/2015Meet Martha and George - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/288http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/288<div class="ExternalClass58761F9E6E2149B9830F284E4D1A8FDE"><p><strong>MARTHA</strong></p><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">My name is</span><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> </strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Akori Martha. I am a Village Health Team member (a VHT) working with the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda. I serve in Omagoro sub-county in Katakwi, Uganda.</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Akori%20Martha%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Akori Martha for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">(Photo&#58; Martha and her son Gerald)</em></p><p>I am seeing a change. After the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) came and trained VHTs, we can now screen for malaria and also treat people who are infected.<strong> </strong>Now it's easier for patients to access treatment on time.</p><p>We test people for malaria, and if they are sick we give them Coartem [first-line malaria treatment medication]. If the person we have screened tests negative for malaria, we don't give Coartem.&#160; In my village, deaths related to malaria have dropped because people now seek treatment within twenty-four hours of seeing malaria symptoms. </p><p>I love my job because I can sensitize people on matters of hygiene and sanitation, like teaching them to build pit latrines and dish racks to keep mosquitoes away.&#160; I am proud to administer treatment right there in the village so people do not have to travel to the health center. I am happy with my job, because now I can refer people to the health center when they have a complex situation, like convulsions, nosebleeds, or when a woman is in danger of miscarrying. &#160;</p><p><strong>GEORGE</strong><img alt="" style="width&#58;158px;margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>I am called Okorian George William. I am a VHT (a member of a Village Health Team) at Omagoro parish in Katakwi, Uganda. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Okorian%20George%20William%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Okorian George William for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">(Photo&#58; George tests community members for malaria at an outreach event)</em><br></p><p>I like my work because I have learned a lot, and I have also taught other people the proper use of mosquito nets.&#160; Since I was chosen to work with Lutheran World Federation (LWF), there is a big change in my community.</p><p>I am proud to be a VHT because I have been able to save the lives of young children by giving malaria treatment. I always emphasize to pregnant mothers to get pre-natal care so they are protected until birth. That is why I am a dedicated VHT and work hard to help my community. Thank you!&#160;</p></div>01/06/2015