ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Region 6: Register now for your ELCA Networks for Mission EventAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/257http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/257<div class="ExternalClassDCE2F5A1A1834BEBA7C8355EB72B90E3"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Do you live in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky or Ohio? If so, an exciting ELCA gathering is coming your way!</span></p><p>The Region 6 Networks for Mission Event will focus on the theme <em>We are Church Together</em>&#160;and <strong>will feature Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton as keynote presenter</strong>. </p><p>The event will take place from <strong>October 9-11, 2014</strong> at Zoar Lutheran Church in <strong>Perrysburg, Ohio</strong>.​​ </p><p>Through large group sessions, skill workshops and strategic sharing with participating ELCA ministries and networks, you can return to your congregation and community re-energized and ready to better coordinate and collaborate for mission and ministry in the midst of a changing church. </p><p><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=http&#58;//community.elca.org/ELCANetworksForMissionRegion6October2014&amp;srcid=53656&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=9380322&amp;trid=c23fd5c8-51aa-46d3-ad6f-88265979ddcd">Register now!</a></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Blog%20Bishop_Elizabeth_A_Eaton_Select_05.jpg" alt="Blog Bishop_Elizabeth_A_Eaton_Select_05.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, who will be speaking at the Region 6&#160;ELCA&#160;Networks for Mission Event.</em></p><p><strong>The Networks for Mission Event welcomes&#58;</strong></p><ul><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who are looking for new ways to connect or reconnect with the ELCA and deepen their networks for ministry</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who want to learn more about the ministries of the ELCA and how their congregations can get involved</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who are interested in meeting others from their region and synod who are passionate about bearing witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed, ending hunger, responding to disasters, global engagement, communicating and sharing the story of the ELCA</span><br></li></ul><p><strong>There are three types of registrations available&#58;</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$100 Full event registration.</strong> Includes onsite meals, lodging and programming.&#160;Register with credit card payment online or register by phone. </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$50 Commuter registration.</strong> Includes onsite meals (except breakfast) and programming expenses for all three days of the event. Register by phone only. ​</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$25 Saturday-only registration.</strong> Includes lunch onsite and programming expenses. Register with credit card payment online or register by phone. </li></ul><p><b>The following ministry networks are participating&#58;</b></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>ELCA World Hunger Leaders/ELCA Malaria Campaign Coordinators</li><li>Synod and Congregational Communicators</li><li>Mission Interpreters and Mission Interpreter Coordinators</li><li>Lutheran Disaster Response Coordinators and Volunteers</li><li>ELCA Global Mission -- Companion Synods&#160;</li></ul><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">If you would like to attend, </span><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=https&#58;//community.elca.org/ELCANetworksForMissionRegion6October2014&amp;srcid=53656&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=9380322&amp;trid=c23fd5c8-51aa-46d3-ad6f-88265979ddcd" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">register now</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> for the Region 6 ELCA Networks for Mission Event. &#160;<strong>To be guaranteed a hotel room, please register before September 15, 2014</strong>. If you are not in need of overnight accommodations,&#160;general registration will remain open until&#160;<strong>October 1, 2014</strong>.&#160;For more information, please contact </span><a href="mailto&#58;NetworkEvent@elca.org" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">NetworkEvent@elca.org</a>.</p><p><em>We are Church Together.​​ </em></p><p><em>&quot;...we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.&quot; (Romans 12&#58; 4-5)</em></p><p><em></em><i><br></i> ​<br></p></div>09/11/2014Dorcas the Mosquito - Lutheran Malaria Program in TanzaniaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/256http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/256<div class="ExternalClassABE02B4651904522A761706B95BB49B6"><p></p><p>Dorcas, a five-year-old girl at Ngaruma Lutheran Parish in Tanzania, plays the starring role as a malaria-carrying mosquito in the church's educational skit. Dorcas uses a marker&#160;as the mosquito's proboscis, an elongated snout or mouth. The skit, presented by the Sunday school children as a part of the Lutheran malaria program, is intended to educate the church and the community about malaria prevention methods, symptoms and how to seek treatment. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Dorcas%201.jpg" alt="Dorcas 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>In the skit, Dorcas flies among the Sunday school children at Ngaruma Lutheran Parish, accompanied by the sound effect of her classmates' constant buzzing. She is hungry and looking for someone to bite! She tries multiple times to get to the children under the net, but is unable to reach them. </p><p>​<br></p><p>Dorcas the Mosquito easily bites the unprotected children, who are then infected with the malaria parasite. She tries many times to bite other children, but since they are under the protection of a long-lasting insecticide treated net, she is unable to reach them. Through the skit, Dorcas and her Sunday school class are not only teaching their congregation how to prevent malaria but reinforcing the ideas for themselves as well.</p><p><em>The malaria program supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign in Tanzania is implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photos courtesy of LWR. See these photos and more in our <a href="http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions">Malaria Photo Gallery​</a>!</em></p></div>09/08/2014ELCA Students Surpass $125,000 Fundraising GoalAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/255http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/255<div class="ExternalClass7E8B26989BB147FA8A4147E4AD96BDB9"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">St</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">udents at ELCA colleges, universities and campus ministries have been some of the most inspiring leaders with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The combined efforts of many campus ministries of the ELCA met the Sorenson Matching Challenge goal of raising $125,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20CLU.jpg" alt="Sorenson CLU.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></span>&#160;</p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Photo&#58; Students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA dance to African music.​​&#160;</em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Matching Challenge was set forth by Arne and Ruth Sorenson of Chevy Chase, MD. The challenge worked in two ways. First, they provided seed money to 12 ELCA colleges, universities and campus ministries to support their fundraising efforts. Second, they committed to matching all funds raised through campus ministries in order to double the efforts of the students. The 12 grantee institutions were joined by 23 others who raised money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign - a total of $135,000 and counting - which means students have now officially met and exceeded the $125,000 goal!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Every%2060%20Seconds.jpg" alt="Sorenson Every 60 Seconds.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; A student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ creates a poster.</em></span></p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;It has been exciting to participate in the ELCA Malaria Campaign Initiative inspired by the spirit&#160;brought to the mission by the many college students who brought awareness of the Malaria challenge to their friends, families and communities,&quot; said Arne and Ruth Sorenson, in a recent ELCA <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7686">news release​</a>.</span></p><p>&quot;With an abundance of creative activities inviting all to make a difference and the stories of collaboration and determination to reach beyond their goals, college campuses demonstrated that they are indeed the leaders of the future in the movement to raise awareness and funds to eradicate malaria in Africa. We have been honored to be partners in the effort through the Sorenson Grant Challenge,&quot; they said.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20LSU.jpg" alt="Sorenson LSU.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA promote the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160;</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/Sorenson%20Wartburg.jpg" alt="Sorenson Wartburg.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Kelsey Nulph was the leader of the Wartburg Malaria Initiative, which ultimately&#160;raised over $40,000&#160;on campus and in the Wartburg College community.</em></p><p>The programs on campuses took many different forms. Wartburg College hosted a benefit concert, the University of North Dakota went tailgating, Thiel College organized a 5K Race, the University of Montana – Missoula held a pancake breakfast, Concordia College collected offerings during chapel services&#160;– and those are just a few examples! All of this fun and fellowship was in the interest of raising awareness and funds to help fight malaria. Many schools plan to continue with malaria-related events into the next academic year, until the conclusion of the ELCA Malaria Campaign in 2015.​​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Mascot.jpg" alt="Sorenson Mascot.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A mosquito mascot buzzes around Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Pancake%20Supper%201.jpg" alt="Sorenson Pancake Supper 1.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Emmaus Campus Ministry at Montana State University in Missoula, MT prepares a pancake supper.</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/Sorenson%20UND.jpg" alt="Sorenson UND.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Student leaders pose with their malaria display&#160;at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry of&#160;the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.</em></p><p>The Sorenson Grant Campus Challenge was about so much more than simply fundraising. It gave young people a chance to learn about our Lutheran partners in Africa, and accompany them in their work. It brought together students from different backgrounds for a common cause. It allowed malaria to be a point of emphasis in lecture halls and classrooms where it otherwise might not have been. It created opportunities for leadership development among bright, capable students. It made the work of Lutheran Campus Ministry more visible throughout communities. It brought together local churches, who surrounded the Campus Ministries with their stable support. We are thrilled with the faithful work of these students, and happy to report that they met their goal!</p><p><em>For more on this story, please read this <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7686">news release​</a> put forth by the ELCA News Service.&#160;</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Spring%20Group.jpg" alt="Sorenson Spring Group.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Students at Thiel College in Greenville, PA&#160;organized a 5K race&#160;​against malaria.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Wartburg%202.jpg" alt="Sorenson Wartburg 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; These students created a documentary about malaria titled &quot;60 Seconds to Change&quot; at Wartburg College.&#160;</em></p><p><em><br></em></p></div>09/04/2014Malaria Program DashboardJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/254http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/254<div class="ExternalClass626B6931442744F69394BA28FE8410A6"><p>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Hello Malaria Blog reader! It’s time for an updated version of the &quot;Malaria Program Dashboard.&quot; This dashboard shows at a glance which stage of programming each country's malaria program has reached. You can find previous versions of the dashboard on our blog&#58; <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/201">here</a> is the one from February 2014&#160;</span>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">and <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/27">here</a> is the one from June 2013.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">With support from your gifts, our companions in Africa have made a lot of program progress in the past year! This progress comes despite some great political and environmental challenges in East and West Africa, such as prolonged civil unrest (in Nigeria, South Sudan and Central African Republic) and the <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252">Ebola crisis</a>&#160;</span>in Liberia and Nigeria.<br></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Dashboard%20Aug%2031%202014.png" alt="Dashboard Aug 31 2014.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Our updated September 2014 version of the Malaria Program Dashboard is above. (If you’d like an electronic copy, email malaria@elca.org.)</span><br></span></p><p>Many of the programs that we support—including the programs in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda—are continuing their full program activities, equipping households and communities to work toward a malaria-free future.</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Additionally, we have these updates to report</span>&#58;</p><p>In <strong>Namibia</strong>, two Lutheran church bodies (the ELCIN and the ELCRN) are now seeking to&#160;work&#160;together to plan and implement initial program activities. </p><p>In <strong>South Sudan</strong>, a revised program is bringing malaria-related resources and education to the camps where many households displaced by the ongoing civil unrest are now living.&#160; Program activities include finding and training additional malaria promoters in the camps; training members of displaced households on malaria prevention; distributing nets, educational materials and other non-food items; doing follow-up visits to households and conducting outreaches in the health facilities that remain functional.</p><p>In the past few months, our Lutheran sisters and brothers in <strong>Liberia</strong> have been directing many of their health resources to address and contain the deadly Ebola crisis. However, the malaria program is not entirely on hold.&#160; The Lutheran malaria program in Liberia has been able to continue broadcasting awareness messages over the radio, integrating information about malaria with messaging on Ebola. </p><p>In <strong>Central African Republic</strong>, our companions continue to struggle with the tenuous social and political situation. ELCA representatives are working with our Lutheran companions to plan two types of malaria-related interventions appropriate to the current context&#58; &#160;1.) Support for the Bohong Health Center and possibly Gallo Health Center, which will include malaria medication and other necessary supplies (a short-term horizon); and 2.) A more extended malaria program, with details particular to conflict situations (this is a longer-term plan).&#160;We are also in continued conversations with Lutheran World Federation as their plans with CAR unfold. There may be an additional opportunity to provide funding for the malaria-related portions of the disaster response provided through LWF.</p><p><strong><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Mom%20and%20baby%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Mom and baby for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong>Thank you for your support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The impact of your generosity is felt in thousands of households and millions of lives. Your gifts are making a difference!</strong></p></div>09/03/2014Malaria fundraiser makes a SPLASH at Vinje Lutheran!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/253http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/253<div class="ExternalClass664F27F363DC4C0187638510CBD91D3F"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The ELCA Malaria Campaign has inspired all sorts of inventive fundraising efforts. Every time we think we have seen it all, another congregation surprises us with their ingenuity and creativity. This time, Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minnesota had a particularly fun way to raise money for malaria, and beat the heat while they were at it.</span></p><p>The congregation and the Vacation Bible School participants were challenged with raising $5,000 in three weeks for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. <strong>Their incentive was the chance to throw 200 water balloons at Vinje Lutheran staff for reaching their goal!</strong> You can imagine that members were eager to give. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%201.jpg" alt="Vinje 1.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>The VBS was charged with raising $1000 during the week of <em>Catch the Buzz</em>. If the kids met their goal, they would get a chance to toss water balloons at Pastor Chad Peterson. However, if the congregation as a whole could raise $5000 (including the VBS offering), the entire staff would be the target of the water balloons. After collecting offerings during multiple Sunday services, and through <em>Catch the Buzz</em> VBS, the congregation met their goal! On Sunday, August 3<sup>rd</sup>, the staff prepared to get soaked. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%205.jpg" alt="Vinje 5.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Chad (front)&#160;and Pastor Jeff try their best to hide from incoming water balloons!</em></p><p>The staff were good sports and came dressed ready to get splashed! Swim caps, flippers, bathrobes, ponchos and rain gear were donned in a comical attempt to keep dry. Foam noodles, umbrellas and even a tennis racket were used to deflect incoming water balloons. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%203.jpg" alt="Vinje 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The staff are decked out in their best water wear.</em></p><p>A crowd of people - young and old – gathered to be a part of the balloon toss. When the moment came, people took their aim and let the balloons fly!&#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%204.jpg" alt="Vinje 4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%202.jpg" alt="Vinje 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>It was a great way to connect the good work of the children at VBS with the entire congregation. It was also a great way to celebrate their success! Thanks, Vinje Lutheran Church, especially to the kids, youth and helpers from <em>Catch the Buzz</em> VBS! And a big thanks to the staff members - we hope it was refreshing! &#160;</p></div>08/29/2014Malaria and EbolaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252<div class="ExternalClassE4C5C2E3FF774B10B70805082EB363F1"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In the past several weeks, an outbreak of one of the world's most virulent diseases has made news all over the world.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Several West African nations are struggling with Ebola outbreaks of unprecedented severity. People are dying at an alarming rate.</span></p><p>Liberia is one country that has been particularly hard-hit with Ebola cases, and where the ELCA Malaria Campaign is also supporting the malaria program run by our companions, the Lutheran Church in Liberia. In Liberia, malaria prevention and control efforts have been deeply impacted by the Ebola crisis.&#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Liberia%20program%20launch%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Liberia program launch for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><em>Photo&#58; Unfortunately, the work of the Lutheran malaria program in Liberia is hindered by the Ebola crisis.</em>&#160;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">Medical systems,&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">taxed by the sheer number of Ebola cases and the extensive precautions they must take in treating patients, have fewer resources left over to attend to cases of malaria and other diseases. &#160;Some health facility employees aren't reporting to work for fear of becoming infected themselves.</span></p><p>Their fear is well-founded. According to <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/">this article</a> published by the World Health Organization today, the current Ebola outbreak is taking a heavy toll on health care workers. More than 240 health care workers in West Africa have been infected with Ebola, and more than 120 of those have died. &quot;In many cases,&quot; the article reports, &quot;medical staff are at risk because no protective equipment is available – not even gloves and face masks. Even in dedicated Ebola wards, personal protective equipment is often scarce or not being properly used.&quot;</p><p>This is one way that Lutherans in the ELCA are responding<em>.</em><em>&#160; </em><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Ebola">Lutheran Disaster Response</a>&#160;is partnering with Global Health Ministries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia to supply and ship by air essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.&#160; You can read more about this project on the Lutheran Disaster Response blog <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCALutheranDisasterResponse/264">here</a>&#160;and <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCALutheranDisasterResponse/266">here</a>.&#160; Plans for an additional response in Liberia through our partnership with ACT Alliance are also underway. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Curran_Ebola%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Curran_Ebola for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p><em>Photo&#58; Through Lutheran Disaster Response,&#160;Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia will receive a shipment of personal protective equipment to help in the fight against Ebola.</em></p><p>The health care sector is not alone in experiencing backlash from Ebola. As <a href="http&#58;//www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/22/342480343/a-food-crisis-follows-africas-ebola-crisis?utm_campaign=storyshare&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_medium=social">this blog post</a>&#160;from NPR reports, hunger and food insecurity are becoming increasingly problematic in the wake of the health crisis. &quot;Bush meat&quot;—meat &#160;from forest animals –can spread Ebola and is thus no longer a viable food source. In quarantined areas, many food markets have shut down completely. Farmers are discouraged from tending to their fields in groups, and yield will be greatly reduced.&#160; Food prices are already rising and food shortages have begun. Malaria and Ebola are <em>both</em> diseases that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and hunger. </p><p>Through ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster response and the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we walk together with our Lutheran companions all over the world as they respond to hunger, disaster and disease with compassion and action. Thank you for your support of these ministries!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Liberia%20doctor%20patient%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Liberia doctor patient for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; with your support, the ELCA will continue to accompany&#160;our companions in Liberia&#160;in their health care ministries​.&#160;</em></p><p>For more information about Ebola and our church's response, click on these links&#58; </p><ul><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Ebola">Lutheran Disaster Response</a>&#160;</li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/">Ebola fact sheet from World Health Organization</a>&#160;</li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/21/342228828/why-ebola-is-making-it-harder-to-provide-good-health-care?utm_campaign=storyshare&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_medium=social">NPR&#58; &quot;Why Ebola is making it harder to provide good health care&quot;</a></li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/">WHO&#58; Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola</a><em>&#160;</em></li></ul><p>&#160;</p></div>08/26/2014