ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/We have extra newsletters!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/268http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/268<div class="ExternalClass22031CF2D3364AFF9D47EB3945F28005"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">You may have received a copy of the Fall 2014 ELCA Malaria Campaign News in the mail. This season's issue features stories from Uganda and Burundi, as well as some answers to frequently asked questions about what happens when the fundraising goals of the&#160;ELCA Malaria Campaign are met.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Fall%202014%20Newsletter%20Cover.jpg" alt="Fall 2014 Newsletter Cover.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p>Would you like extra copies of this publication to share with your congregation or community? The newsletter is a great, current snapshot of the programming on the ground which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign. If you would like some spare copies, simply email <a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a> with your request for the quantity you would like, and a mailing address of where to send them.</p><p>Would you prefer an electronic PDF copy to circulate among friends? We are also happy to email the PDF version your way. Let us know if we can share this information with you, either in print or online.&#160;</p></div>10/21/201499 Bottles of Wine Against Malaria in the Indiana-Kentucky SynodAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/267http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/267<div class="ExternalClass4A5477F1077747E19EE916C0D5F52B3F"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">he Indiana-Kentucky synod is marching towards a goal of raising $300,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and they have under $100,000 left to go! How does one motivate the masses to reach the goal by the end of 2015? With a gift that is both Biblical and widely-appealing, of course! Each congregation in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod that raises $1000 or more will be gifted with a bottle of wine. In fact, congregations will receive a bottle of wine for each thousand dollars that they give to the campaign.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IK%20Synod%20wine%20rack.jpg" alt="IK Synod wine rack.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>​</span></p><p>Pastor Paul Meier, Malaria Synod Coordinator for Indiana-Kentucky and pastor of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church, had an idea to sing the praises of participating congregations by using the song &quot;99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall&quot;. He will even sing your congregations' name into it! As congregations give generously to the Malaria Campaign, Pastor Paul will keep us updated on the bottles of wine that are coming down from the wall. Check out the promotional video <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw">here</a>, or by clicking on the link below the image. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IK%20Synod%20Song.jpg" alt="IK Synod Song.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw">https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw</a> </p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Paul Meier sings to encourage congregational support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </em></p><p>We are confident that the Indiana-Kentucky Synod will move a lot of bottles of wine from the wall, and many congregations are already participating.&#160;As Pastor Paul says in the lyrics, &quot;Lend a hand, give another grand, and claim your own bottle of wine on the wall!&quot;</p></div>10/17/2014"Now I have nothing to worry about" - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/266http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/266<div class="ExternalClass5C75A4612D6147A4A8EF1A1C49C4D6B2"><p><em>​Note&#58; In </em><a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/263"><em>this </em></a><em>recent blog post, you met Ester Akiror, a participant in the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda. Now it's time to meet her husband, Ogima Paul!</em></p><p>I am called Ogima Paul. My family lives in Damasiko village and my clan is called Ajamaa.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Ogima%20Paul%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Ogima Paul for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>Before the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program started here, there was a lot of frequent sickness in my family due to malaria and other sicknesses. Perhaps 3-6 times a month, someone from my household got sick.&#160; It was really challenging.&#160; We spent a lot of money on treatment, and sometimes we had no money left for food or clothing.&#160; When we were sick we could not work in the garden, which is our only source of income. </p><p>After LWF intervened with nets and education, we are seeing a real change.&#160; We hang our nets properly.&#160; We tie them up every morning and tuck them in properly every night.&#160; We learned all of this from Emanuel Edulu, one of the Village Health Team members (VHTs). As soon as we notice any sickness now, we go to the VHT.&#160; They emphasize being tested before taking any medication. &#160;These days we only have about one case of malaria each month in our household.&#160; </p><p>Through our participation in a Village Savings and Loan Association (sponsored by the LWF malaria program), we have been able to begin a small shop. We got a small loan from the VSLA and we used it to buy some used items that we resell here in the shop. I enjoy participating in the VLSA.&#160; </p><p>Since LWF came, things are getting better for my family. The children are fine—they even dress well. I now live in comfort. Before, my children had many illnesses and sometimes I did not have any money for their treatment. But since LWF came I am stable; I have saved money. I bought three goats, a sheep, chickens and a cow after I had joined the savings group. Now I have nothing to worry about! That is why I am grateful to LWF.</p><p>The change in my household has been very significant&#58; we now have knowledge. We built a pit latrine, a bath shelter and a drain rack to discourage mosquitoes. Our hygiene is properly managed. With so much less malaria now, we have been able to save enough money to buy a mattress. We are eating a good, balanced diet.&#160; We can concentrate on cultivation of our garden. We grow a variety of crops&#58; cassava, sorghum, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, green gram (a kind of bean).&#160; The crops are growing well.&#160; </p><p>There is a change in this whole community.&#160; The LWF program brought Emmanuel Edulu​ (a VHT) and malaria medication; now our children get treatment.&#160; I am grateful and I thank you for supporting the Lutheran malaria program in our area.&#160;</p></div>10/13/2014Malaria Campaign on Parade!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/265http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/265<div class="ExternalClassF3DC81DB16ED4B9CB8CB7D91F249F74B"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">K</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">anawha Lutheran Church of Kanawha, Iowa is trying out a fun,​​ new approach to the Malaria Campaign. First off, they had a Labor Day float that impressed! The safari-themed float served to kick-off Kanawha Lutheran Church's fall Malaria Campaign. The local news coverage of Kanawha's Labor Day Event even featured their float numerous times.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Gods%20Work%20Our%20Hands%20small.jpg" alt="Gods Work Our Hands small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; Kanawha Lutheran Church created a safari-themed float for the Labor Day parade.&#160;</em></span></p><p>After seeing so many mosquito mascots throughout the campaign, Kanawha Lutheran was seeking a fresh approach to get members interested in another malaria focus. The Rev. Char White, Malaria Synod Coordinator for the Western Iowa Synod, tells us that they adopted a four-foot tall stuffed giraffe as their mascot, which is the Tanzanian national animal. The Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania is the companion synod of the Western Iowa Synod, so Tanzania was an easy connection point.&#160;They call their giraffe &quot;Tanzy&quot; and he is beloved by the congregation. &quot;The kids love him and he has made them more aware of the plight of Africa,&quot; says Pastor White. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Tanzy%20our%20Malaria%20Mascot%20small.jpg" alt="Tanzy our Malaria Mascot small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Tanzy, the newest malaria mascot!&#160;</em></p><p>&#160;&quot;This year we concentrated more on the people of our companion synod and how the mosquito connected to them,&quot; she continued.&#160; By learning more about Tanzanian culture, the congregation shifted their focus to the people impacted by malaria, rather than only the focusing on the disease itself. &#160;Their campaign will end with a safari&#160;dinner at the end of October. We're grateful to Pastor Char and all the good folks at Kanawha Lutheran Church for coming up with a fun new way to approach the campaign!</p><p>​​​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kanawha%20Lutheran%20Churchs%20Parade%20Float%20small.jpg" alt="Kanawha Lutheran Churchs Parade Float small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Youth from Kanawha Lutheran Church ride on the Labor Day float.&#160;</em></p><p><em>Do you have ideas about refreshing your congregation's approach to malaria for the final year of the campaign? Let us know at </em><a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org"><span lang="en-US" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><em>malaria@elca.org</em></span></a><em>. </em></p><p>&#160;</p></div>10/10/2014"I can see that I have improved”- The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/264http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/264<div class="ExternalClass86D7461352514E9B81F54DFBF8F03348"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Bahiga Euphrasie is grateful for the education that she has been able to access through the Lutheran World Federation's malaria program in Burundi (which is supported by your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign).</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>Before the LWF malaria program began, Euphrasie's daughter, Niyizompoza Siliveriya, used to fall ill frequently due to malaria.&#160;&#160; &quot;I took her to the health center last year,&quot; Euphrasie recalls.&#160; She was diagnosed with malaria.&#160; &quot;I gave her medication the way I understood it, but since no instruction was given to me, I gave her the medicine haphazardly. And she did not heal well.&#160; After three days, her fever came back.&#160; I had to take her back to the health center.&quot;</p><p>Then the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi came to Euphrasie's village, and she learned about malaria transmission, prevention and control.</p><p>&quot;They told us how to recognize malaria symptoms of a child or adult,&quot; Euphrasie says.&#160; &quot;When [my daughter] got sick again, I took her to the health center. They examined her and they found malaria just like they had found it before.&#160; Thanks to the teaching I had received, I administered the medication well. She finished the dose.&quot;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20and%20daughter%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie and daughter 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>Siliveriya got well, and now her mother reports that she suffers from malaria far less frequently. </p><p>Euphrasie is also learning preventive techniques from her participation in the LWF malaria program. &quot;We now know the kind of things we should do [in our home compound]&#58; to remove wild bushes, weeds and grass outside the home.&quot; Euphrasie now keeps her home compound hygienic, decreasing the availability of mosquito breeding grounds near her family. &#160;&#160;</p><img alt="" style="width&#58;247px;margin&#58;5px;" /><p>&quot;If it hadn't been for the LWF program training I received, I would not be administering medication to my child properly. &#160;Now that I received the training from LWF, I understand that when a child or adult takes medication, they must take the proper dosage according to the doctor's recommendation,&quot; Euphrasie says.</p><p>&quot;I can see that I have improved thanks to the training we received from LWF program to fight malaria. Now we understand how [malaria] is transmitted and how the person takes medication.&#160; And we know if she takes the medicine, she recovers.&quot;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20and%20daughter%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie and daughter for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>&quot;Thank you very much for your support!&quot; Euphrasie says with enthusiasm. &quot;Keep it up!&quot;</p><p><em>Note&#58; Bahiga Euphrasie and several other participants in the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi are featured in one of our new videos! To watch the Burundi&#160;video, click </em><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Um_2dEc_k&amp;list=UUVuoGj_35M5Bb9p5pjU2-Qw"><em>here</em></a><em>; to download it directly to your computer, click <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1qzxhLY">here</a>.&#160;​</em><br></p></div>10/08/2014"I feel a good change" - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/263http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/263<div class="ExternalClassDA4DBC36B161400B8CCABDCE6687CA0B"><p><em>We are grateful to E​ster Akiror for the following interview. &#160;You can watch a video about Ester and her&#160;family <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyzcCldeWsQ&amp;list=UUVuoGj_35M5Bb9p5pjU2-Qw">here</a>... or click <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1qzAJpR">here</a> if you'd like to download the video right to your computer!</em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I am called Ester Akiror. I am married with three children and I live in Damisiko village in Uganda.</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Ester%20Akiror%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Ester Akiror for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>We used to have many attacks of malaria in the family and it would affect us for a long time. Before the Lutheran malaria program came, we were sick a lot. There was no food, clothing or livestock. We slept on papyrus mats. </p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I lost my first born due to malaria.</span></p><p>My neighbor, sister in law and many other people have also lost children to malaria. The fever would find you without money to go to hospital immediately, and by the time you went, it might be too late.</p><p>When The Lutheran World Federation came, they called us for a meeting and told us that there were Village Health Teams (VHTs) coming, and that we could access services from the VHT named Edulu Emanuel. If a child gets a fever you can take him for screening and [if he tests positive] the child is given Coartem [malaria medication].&#160; The next day we were educated about digging pit latrines, dish racks, rubbish pits, increasing cleanliness at home and general hygiene so as to avoid malaria. </p><p>The VHT treats everyone; that is why less people go to private clinic now, because we can access treatment from the VHT.</p><p>Before this project came here, my family experienced malaria attacks two or three times every month, but since the organization came the malaria cases are reduced to one attack per month.</p><p></p><p>We have a neem tree. I learned the importance of the tree from the VHT, Edulu Emanuel. When the neem tree flowers, it chases the mosquitoes away and we can even sleep outside. Its leaves are useful&#160;to prevent pests from destroying grain; that is why I like it.&#160;&#160; </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Ester%20Akiror%20net%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Ester Akiror net 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>When I was two months pregnant, the VHT advised me to go to the health center for a checkup. At the health center I was given malaria medication and a mosquito net to take home. At the next visit I was checked and given three drugs to take daily until the next pre-natal visit, where I was checked again. They continued to teach me about hygiene and proper use of the mosquito net.&#160; I feel a good change ever since I delivered this child. It has never fallen ill [with malaria]; it's healthy. Also the malaria cases in the family have reduced. </p><p>I also participated in a savings group [through the LWF malaria program]. Leaders from the community mobilized people in groups of thirty and each participant contributed four thousand Ugandan shillings [about $1.50 USD] for the purchase of ledger books, a savings box and pens. These were then distributed to each group and then members started saving. Some were selected to do the bookkeeping, and the money was lent to members to do business. They would return the profits, and after three months the group shared profits with each participant. If you worked hard, you earned more. ​​​</p><p>I am grateful to the LWF malaria program. I am now happy. My children are no longer ill and I can save money to feed them well. I used some of my savings to do gardening. I used to have difficulty buying anything for myself, but since LWF came, I have bought a goat, I have a cow and I have milk to drink. Before, I did not have any hope. Now the children are healthy and they no longer fall sick, so they also can go to school.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Ester%20Akiror%20under%20net%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Ester Akiror under net for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>I am grateful to the LWF and hope that they continue to bring more resources to this village of Damasiko so that we can easily have access nearby. I am grateful. My faith in the Lord has grown. I praise him.&#160;</p></div>10/02/2014