ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Celebrate the ELCA Malaria Campaign at your Synod AssemblyAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/307http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/307<div class="ExternalClass7624F1B9715843A1B117AC8729713CBF"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">As you may already know, we are at a historic time in the life of this church and the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Thanks to the support and leadership of people like you, the campaign has raised more than 90 percent of its $15 million goal and is at work in 13 countries in Africa.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Synod%20Assembly%20Resource%20Graphic.jpg" alt="Synod Assembly Resource Graphic.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;350px;height&#58;328px;" /><br></span></p><p>The impact that the ELCA Malaria Campaign has had on ELCA members, congregations, and our African brothers and sisters has been and will continue to be significant. It is our hope that you will take time during your 2015&#160;Synod Assembly to rejoice in the generosity and give thanks for the work we have achieved with our Lutheran companion churches and partners. Several <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=http&#58;//goo.gl/knDFGd&amp;srcid=66660&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=11976608&amp;trid=27eb9267-932f-4f4f-a5cd-d3db69a4c468">resources</a> have been developed to help you and your synod celebrate what we have accomplished together. Adapt and use the resources that fit your context best as you create a meaningful observance in your synod.</p><p>By clicking on the <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-Malaria-Campaign/synodassembly?utm_campaign=Malaria_SynodAssembly_Toolkit&amp;utm_source=032615_MalariaSynodAssembly&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=link">link​</a> you'll find&#58;</p><ul><li>Two versions of a speech (a short version and a longer version)​</li><li>A PowerPoint presentation to accompany the long-version speech</li><li>A slideshow of images from programming in Africa</li><li>Information on how to access giving reports for your synod</li><li>A litany for healing and thanksgiving</li><li>A flyer to use in packets for attendees&#160;</li></ul><p>Don't forget – we are here for you! Email <a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a> if you have any questions or would like more information. These resources can only be&#160;accessed through the <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-Malaria-Campaign/synodassembly?utm_campaign=Malaria_SynodAssembly_Toolkit&amp;utm_source=032615_MalariaSynodAssembly&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=link">link​</a>, so save it to your favorites or&#160;return to this blog if you'd like to view the page in the future.&#160;<br> <br>P.S. A special ELCA Malaria Campaign Thank You video is coming soon – we will let you know when it is available!​</p></div>03/27/2015"She could access good malaria care." - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/306http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/306<div class="ExternalClass195F8EA2734042BC8DF1D0ABB417BD30"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Before the malaria program began,&quot; says Owikin Jackson, &quot;we used to frequent the hospital.&quot;&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Malaria was a constant presence in the lives of Jackson, his wife Betty and their family, who live in a small village called Kamenu in the Katakwi District of Uganda.&#160;</span></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Jackson%20household%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Jackson household for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Photo&#58; Owikin Jackson's family</em></p><p>Jackson continues, &quot;But then the Lutheran malaria program came, and the VHT [Village Health Team member, a volunteer trained through the Lutheran malaria program] came to our home to help us. My daughter-in-law, Kiyai Skoviya, received a net and she slept under the net while she was pregnant.&#160; Our VHT helped her to get her government pre-natal care papers, so she could access good malaria care.&quot; </p><p>After Jackson's family began participating in the program, they noticed significant changes in their health.&#160; &quot;The cases of malaria in my household have reduced!&quot; Jackson says. &quot;Now, the moment I notice any child having a fever, I do not waste time. I rush the child directly to the VHT for testing and treatment.&quot;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Jackson%20household%20Kiyai%20and%20baby%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Jackson household Kiyai and baby for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Kiyai and her&#160;daughter, Evaline.&#160;</em></p><img alt="" style="width&#58;294px;margin&#58;5px;" /><p>The family's healthy behaviors are paying dividends. &quot;Because of the changes in my family's health, I can now send the children to school and buy school supplies,&quot; Jackson says proudly. &quot;I used to have to travel long distances to access treatment, but now I can just go to the VHT.&#160; That's why I am very thankful to the ELCA and Lutheran World Federation for supporting this program.&quot; </p><p>And the best news of all, according to Jackson? &quot;My granddaughter, Otimon Evaline, is now 8 months old, and she has never had malaria! We are very thankful for her good health.&#160; I am grateful for this malaria program, and I pray that the same spirit will continue.&quot;&#160;</p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Jackson%20household%20Kiyai%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Jackson household Kiyai for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Kiyai and her daughter Evaline demonstrate how they sleep under their mosquito net.</em></p></div>03/19/2015World Malaria Day 2015 Resources Are Here!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/305http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/305<div class="ExternalClass6450BA17D80D43DCB5B1CF582D63B164"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">W</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">orld Malaria Day is an opportunity to remember those who have died from malaria, honor those who live&#160;with the daily realities of the disease and renew our commitment to join the global movement of people who are making malaria history. </span><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;">This will be the final observance of World Malaria Day within the ELCA Malaria Campaign - let's make it a great one!&#160;</strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">If your congregation plans to join millions of friends across the globe by&#160;</span><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;">commemorating World Malaria Day on Sunday, April 26,</strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;then you'll want to check out&#160;</span><a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">these new materials</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">available from the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></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%20Toolkit%202015.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day Toolkit 2015.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p>For tips and tools to plan your World Malaria Day commemoration, the <a href="http&#58;//downloads.elca.org/Malaria/WMD_2015_Toolkit_final.pdf?_ga=1.263778760.577242865.1418312884">World Malaria Day Congregation Toolkit</a>&#160;is the place to start. It contains lots of ideas for worship&#160;(children's sermon, sermon starters, litany, prayers,&#160; bulletin insert, offering ideas) and some great intergenerational activity ideas as well.</p><p>On the ELCA Malaria Campaign&#160;<a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources">resources page</a>&#160;you will also find a World Malaria Day PowerPoint presentation (and <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/WMD_2015_PPT_Script.pdf?_ga=1.193017321.577242865.1418312884">accompanying script</a>) that can help you plan an adult forum or other education hour. Please feel free to use this presentation in its entirety, or just the parts that interest you most.&#160;For the kids, you'll find some coloring sheets. </p><p><br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/World%20Malaria%20Day%20Color.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day Color.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>There are several beautiful <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/WMD_Poster_Almost_There.pdf?_ga=1.263255624.577242865.1418312884">posters</a> to help communicate impact and inspire involvement. One features a <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/WMD_Map_Poster.pdf?_ga=1.203298389.577242865.1418312884">map</a> of the countries where we work, with examples of malaria programming unique to each context. &#160;There is even a <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/WMD_HeaderGraphic.jpg?_ga=1.196533864.577242865.1418312884">graphic</a> to use as you share and promote World Malaria Day on social media. </p><p><br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/World%20Malaria%20Day%20Graphic.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day Graphic.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/WMD_Poster_Great_Success.pdf?_ga=1.92797657.577242865.1418312884">Thank you for your support</a>!&#160;<strong>We have already raised more than 90% of our $15 million fundraising goal, but we need your support to fully fund all of our country programs.</strong> Hand in hand with our companions in Africa and colleagues all over the world, we're making malaria history! </p><p><br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/World%20Malaria%20Day%20TY%20Poster.jpg" alt="World Malaria Day TY Poster.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p></div>03/17/2015"They provide us a lot of advice." - The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/304http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/304<div class="ExternalClass223F15FED8684581AF4B88889CC66BCD"><p>​</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Faraziya%20Miburo%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Faraziya Miburo for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></span>&#160;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">My name is Faraziya Miburo. I live in the commune of Mishiha in the Caniga village in Burundi.&#160;</span></p><p>My child got sick recently and had a fever.&#160; I went to talk to the volunteer animator [who works with the Lutheran World Federation malaria program in Burundi].&#160; I explained the symptoms.&#160; She advised me to take my daughter to the health clinic, which I did.&#160; They took blood sample and found malaria. They gave me medication and now she is doing better.&#160; </p><p>Without this help, my child would have gotten worse. I would have been helpless.&#160; She could even have died since she had such high fever.&#160; </p><p>The volunteer animators do a very good job.&#160; They provide us a lot of advice.&#160; They come to visit us in the local districts.&#160;&#160; They give us a lot of information and we learn a lot.&#160;&#160; If I hadn't talked to the volunteer animator, I would have stayed home hoping my daughter will feel better soon.&#160; The animator is the one who told me to take her to the health clinic. If I had kept her home, my daughter would have been in a lot of pain, and she could have died.</p><p>I think that the [Lutheran World Federation] should continue to teach us.&#160; There are many people who still need to learn malaria skills, especially new people.&#160; We for our part have already understood what to do.&#160; Thank you for the support of this program. I would ask that you continue.</p></div>03/13/2015More Children are Present, a reflectionAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/303http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/303<div class="ExternalClassDC6E7FF6D2EA42FE9412BA3BC30FEE82"><p>​<em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">This piece originally appeared in </em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Lutheran </span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">magazine's e-news, and was authored by ELCA Malaria Campaign Assistant, Allison Beebe. It was inspired by the </em><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/115" style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>successful campaign of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA</em></a><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">.&#160;</em></p><p>Here at the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we focus a lot on mosquitos. ELCA members make them out of pipe cleaners, we create swarms of them to hang in our fellowship halls, and sometimes we even dress up like them. Our Lutheran partners in Africa focus a lot on mosquitos too. Our companions eliminate areas of standing water where they breed, use bug sprays to keep them from coming near, and sleep under the protection of mosquito nets.</p><p>Mosquitos are a big focus for all of us.</p><p>When Maddie Cahoon of Arlington, Wash., heard about the ELCA Malaria Campaign as an 8-year-old, she decided to focus on something else. Instead of removing mosquito​​s from a paper swarm with each donation, Maddie created a mural of an African village. She displayed it at her congregation, Our Savior Lutheran in Arlington. With every donation to the campaign, Maddie added a person to the village.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Maddie%20Cahoon%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Maddie Cahoon for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Maddie Cahoon</em></p><p>Maddie reminded us all of why this campaign is so important. She focused on the people and on the children for whom we are fighting these pesky bugs. She focused on the futures of those who are healthy because of malaria interventions. Maddie focused on the lives that are being preserved. Because of efforts like Maddie's, more children are present in their villages.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/mural%20African%20village%20for%20web.jpg" alt="mural African village for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The mural of an African village. People were added to the village as funds were raised for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160;</em></p><p>In 2013, Martinho Lutero Clinic in Mozambique reported no deaths from malaria among children under age 5. More than 30,000 pregnant women have received preventative malaria care through the Lutheran malaria program, and their babies are being born healthy. Likewise, in Burure, Zimbabwe—a community that previously lost six or seven children per year from malaria—no child has died from malaria since the Lutheran program began there.</p><p>Truly, more children are present in their villages.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Malawi%20kids%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Malawi kids for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>Children and youth have been some of the best leaders with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and Maddie's story is just one example. Perhaps that's because malaria disproportionally affects children under age 5. Or perhaps it's because youth can easily identify with getting sick, going to the doctor, receiving medicine and feeling well again. Or maybe it's because malaria interventions are so inexpensive that even a little bit can go a long way. Testing and treating malaria only costs $3, after all.</p><p>Whatever the reason, kids seem to have no problem grasping the injustice of malaria and working to correct it. Mosquito control is important to the fight against malaria, and, following the example of our youngest members, we rejoice over the healthy lives that result.</p></div>03/09/2015A community outreach in photos - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/302http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/302<div class="ExternalClassE8B6021711104AB88BF39429F7D447CF"><p>​In Obwokemor village in Magoro sub-county in Uganda, a community outreach event is taking place. On one side of the lawn, trained volunteers from the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda cooperate with government health workers to provide malaria testing and treatment for community members. &#160;On the other side, local musicians sing energetically about malaria, and their performance is followed by a drama that teaches the assembled crowd about malaria.&#160; Experience this community outreach through the photos below&#58;&#160;</p><p><br></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20testing%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach testing for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​</em><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Photo&#58; a trained volunteer with the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda, known as a VHT, tests a young child for malaria in Obwokemor village.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20Rose%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach Rose for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Nora, left, brought her daughter Rose to the community outreach because she was not feeling well.&#160; Rose tested positive for malaria and received treatment on the spot.&#160; Nora was trained to administer the medication correctly, so Rose can fully recover.&#160;</em><br></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20musicians%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach musicians for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A local performing group plays homemade instruments and sings about malaria&#58; &quot;How do you know when it's malaria? Weakness, vomiting, headache—that's how you know! Mommies and Daddies, how can you prevent malaria in your home? Shut the doors and windows when you sleep, sleep under nets, drain standing water, cover up your pits, spray your houses… Seek treatment within 24 hours. You can prevent malaria!&quot;&#160;</em><br></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20drama%20itching%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach drama itching for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; In this community theater piece, a local performing group depicts a family struggling with constant bouts of malaria.&#160; Here, the actors playing small children scratch comically at their itching backs.&#160; The crowd explodes with hysterical laughter.​</em><br></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20drama%20VHT%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach drama VHT for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; In this community drama, a family is meeting with a trained malaria volunteer (VHT) for the first time.&#160; The VHT educates the family about malaria transmission, tests them on the spot, and administers malaria medication to the children, both of whom have tested positive.&#160; The parents are taught how to properly administer the medication, keep their household hygienic, and how to recognize symptoms of malaria in the future.</em><br></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em>​<br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Obwokemor%20outreach%20drama%20net%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Obwokemor outreach drama net for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; In this educational community drama, a family has received a mosquito net from their local VHT, and is learning how to hang it properly, clean it, and store it during the day. The family’s two children are depicted here, sleeping under the net. Later, the family reappears, looking healthy and raving about the resources they can afford now that their income is not used up with health care costs. The family says, “If not for the message the VHT gave us, we would still be spending all of our money on malaria!”​</em><br></p><p><br></p></div>03/05/2015