ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Scientist receives Nobel Prize for malaria-fighting drugAshley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/346http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/346<div class="ExternalClass8BA80616EECF42388F359F17BE4F7799"><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded on Oct. 5, 2015, was split two ways, recognizing three scientists for their cutting-edge work on parasitic diseases. One award went to Tu Youyou, who discovered Artemisinin, the drug at the center of the Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) that are used to fight malaria around the world.</span></p><p>When Tu graduated from the pharmacy department at Beijing Medical University in the 1960s, malaria drugs were losing their potency and malaria rates were on the rise. Tu looked to traditional herbal medicine in hopes of finding a potential therapy. Through her studies, Tu found that extract from the Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood plant, effectively killed malaria parasites, which invade red blood cells.&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Blog%201.PNG" alt="Blog 1.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;445px;" /><br></p><p>In combination with other malaria drugs, Artemisinin is used to fight malaria around the world and is estimated to have reduced mortality from malaria by more than 20 percent overall and by more than 30 percent among children. In Africa alone, ACTs have been credited with saving more than 100,000 lives per year. According to Rebecca Duerst, program director for global health in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Global Mission unit, &quot;ACTs are critical to the testing and treatment pillar of the malaria programs supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Through these programs, ACTs have been used to treat thousands of uncomplicated cases of malaria, both in health facilities and at the community level (depending on the country's National Malaria Control Program).&quot;</p><p>Though malaria parasites have become resistant to Artemisinin in Asia, the drug is still an effective killer of malaria parasites in Africa. With clever manipulations of the combinations of drugs used for ACTs, Artemisinin can continue to be a life-saving drug well into the future. </p><p>The other recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura, who discovered a drug to combat infections caused by roundworms. The drug, Avermectin, has made great strides against river blindness and filariasis, which causes swelling of the lymph system in the legs and lower body.</p><p><em>This post was written using information from The New York Times and the British Broadcasting Corp. To read these articles, go to <a href="http&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/science/william-c-campbell-satoshi-omura-youyou-tu-nobel-prize-physiology-medicine.html?_r=1">http&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/science/william-c-campbell-satoshi-omura-youyou-tu-nobel-prize-physiology-medicine.html?_r=1</a></em><em>&#160;and <a href="http&#58;//www.bbc.com/news/health-34441744">http&#58;//www.bbc.com/news/health-34441744</a></em><em>.&#160;​</em></p></div>10/06/2015Swatting out malariaAshley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/345http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/345<div class="ExternalClass411DD03003E04ED9A405F653A44CBF74"><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">On Sept. 17, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria deaths have dropped by 60 percent since 2000. This translates into 6.2 million lives saved over the past 15 years. Over that same time, the death rate among children under 5, who have historically made up more than two-thirds of all malaria deaths, fell by 65 percent. The sizeable drop in the death rate among children means an estimated 5.9 million children's lives have been saved. Furthermore, since 2000, the rate of new malaria cases has dropped by 37 percent. &#160;&#160;</span></p><p>The report &quot;Achieving the malaria MDG target&quot; maintains that the U.N.'s goal to &quot;have halted and begun to reverse the incidence&quot; of malaria by 2015 has been met &quot;convincingly.&quot; Since being named as a goal, funding for malaria treatment and interventions has increased twentyfold, to $2.7 billion per year. Along with providing support for other forms of intervention, the increased funding has been used to distribute insecticide treated mosquito nets. The use of treated nets is credited with preventing 68 percent of malaria cases since 2000. </p><p>Increased funding also has helped expand the work of malaria programs that have distributed more than 1 billion mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 15 years alone. Despite the large number of nets in the region, many of the countries with high incidence and malaria death rates are in sub-Saharan Africa. So far in 2015, these countries accounted for 80 percent of malaria cases and 78 percent of malaria deaths globally. </p><p>Though we have come a long way in the fight against malaria, there were approximately 214 million new cases and about 438,000 malaria deaths in 2014. Even today, approximately 3.2 billion people – close to half of the world's population – are still at risk of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Blog.PNG" alt="Blog.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;419px;" /><br></strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;"><strong>Next steps for UNICEF-WHO</strong></p><p>In May 2015, the World Health Assembly adopted a 15-year plan to further reduce the rates of global malaria incidence and mortality by 90 percent. According to the plan, annual funding for malaria programs would have to triple, from $2.7 billion today to $8.7 billion in 2030, to reach this lofty but attainable goal.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p><p><strong>Next steps for the ELCA Malaria Campaign</strong></p><p>Though we have reached our goal, fundraising efforts will continue until the end of the fiscal year (Jan. 31, 2016). If you would like to continue supporting malaria work, we encourage you to send gifts to ELCA World Hunger and write 'malaria'&#160;on your check's memo line. Gifts can be sent to&#58; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Or you can give online at&#160;<a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/elcamalariacampaign">www.ELCA.org/malaria/donate</a>.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Blog%202.PNG" alt="Blog 2.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;581px;height&#58;241px;" /><br></p><p><em>This post was written using statistics featured in articles by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. To read these articles, go to <a href="http&#58;//www.undispatch.com/the-world-historic-news-today-that-you-may-have-missed/">www.undispatch.com/the-world-historic-news-today-that-you-may-have-missed/​</a></em><em>&#160;and <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/malaria-mdg-target/en/">www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/malaria-mdg-target/en/</a></em><em>. ​</em></p></div>09/30/2015Saint Andrew Lutheran Church’s vacation Bible school raises $1,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!Ashley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/344http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/344<div class="ExternalClassF757F2A745924DB2B13E90CC4EAD4621"><p>​T<em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">his week's story was written using details provided by Pastor Amy Feira of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville, Va..&#160;​</em></p><p>Soon after starting her first call as pastor, Amy Feira learned that the theme of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church's vacation Bible school was &quot;sky&quot; and would focus on all things that fly. Though they had a theme, the vacation Bible school organizers had not yet decided on a mission to support with the daily offerings brought by the 150 vacation Bible school kids and volunteer leaders. Feira got the idea to focus the vacation Bible school offering on the ELCA Malaria Campaign after reading an article that said that the campaign was close to reaching its $15 million goal. At this, Feira thought, &quot;Well, mosquitoes are flying objects – maybe we can work them&#160;into our&#160;theme!&quot; Saint Andrew had also supported the ELCA Malaria Campaign in the past so Feira knew it would be familiar to many of the families in the congregation.&#160;​</p><p>The week before vacation Bible school, Feira attended the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Assembly and came across a malaria leader's table display stocked with an array of resources. The malaria leader gave Feira a mosquito net, stickers, a table poster and videos, which Feira used to make a display in Saint Andrew's narthex. </p><p>During vacation Bible school, the kids learned something about malaria and how it affects kids their age in Africa. Feira told them that bed nets are a great way to prevent getting sick from malaria, and that each net costs $10. Each day vacation Bible school participants counted how many nets they would be able to provide for children in another part of the world. The kids had fun guessing how many nets they would be able to send. Vacation Bible school organizers also printed coloring pages for the kids to take home and then used the completed pages for decorations. On Friday the kids were very proud to have had reached their goal of 100 nets to help 100 children!</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Blog%201.PNG" alt="Blog 1.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;383px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" />​<br></p></div>09/21/2015We Did It! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has reached its $15 million goal!Ashley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/343http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/343<div class="ExternalClass2BED7C5F249F4A30B6B32D22597CCC35"><p style="text-align&#58;left;"> <span style="color&#58;#444444;"><strong><em></em></strong></span>&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;"> <span style="color&#58;#444444;"><strong><em>Friends, we did it! </em></strong>The ELCA Malaria Campaign has exceeded its fundraising goal of $15 million dollars! That means 15 million reasons to say THANK YOU.&#160;​</span></p><p>Your generosity and dedication&#160;made this moment possible.&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">As a result of your support,&#160;malaria programs in 13 African countries have been fully funded. Together we have had great success&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;20.8px;">–</span> millions of community members were educated about the disease, nearly 10,000 local volunteers were trained on disease prevention and treatment methods, 50,000 nets were distributed, 32,000 pregnant women received prevention medication and more.&#160;</span></p><p>Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton also&#160;thanks you for your hard work&#58; &quot;We began the Malaria Campaign in the depths of the Great Recession and at a time of considerable turmoil in this church. The&#160;goal of raising $15 million might have sounded improbable at the time, but our people responded generously. We are honored to accompany our global companions in the Lutheran churches in Africa in their work to make malaria history.&quot; &#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Although the campaign's financial goal has been met, the ELCA will continue its anti-malaria work post 2015 through ELCA World Hunger.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​</span>&#160;</p><p> <span style="line-height&#58;20.8px;">Please share this wonderful news with your synods, congregations and Facebook friends—we want everyone to know that ELCA members have stepped up in faith to make a difference and to end deaths from this preventable and treatable disease.</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">​<img alt="Blog.PNG" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Blog.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">Frequently Asked Questions</strong></p><p> <span style="color&#58;#444444;"><strong>When did the ELCA Malaria Campaign Begin?</strong><strong>&#160; </strong> <strong>When did it end?</strong></span></p><p>The 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to begin initial malaria campaign activities in the ELCA. In 2010 and 2011, pilot synods intentionally engaged with congregations and individuals in their synods, creating and testing materials, raising money and providing feedback. In August 2011, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted overwhelmingly to roll out the campaign on a national level and to continue it through the 2015 fiscal year (which ends Jan. 31, 2016). As of September 2015, we have exceeded our fundraising goal of $15 million!</p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">What happens now that we have raised more than $15 million?</strong></p><p>We celebrate Lutheran generosity! As additional gifts come in designated for malaria, they will be spent to expand existing malaria programs or allow companions in other countries to get involved. </p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">Can I still give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign?</strong></p><p>Yes. Fundraising efforts will continue until the end of the fiscal year (Jan. 31, 2016). But now that we have reached our fundraising goal, we encourage you to send gifts to ELCA World Hunger.&#160; If you would like to specifically support malaria work, you can indicate &quot;malaria&quot; on your check's memo line.&#160; Gifts can be sent to&#58; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Or you can give online at <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/elcamalariacampaign" target="_blank">www.ELCA.org/malaria/donate​</a>.</p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">What happens to malaria programming?</strong></p><p>Though our fundraising campaign efforts for malaria have ended, our commitment to walking together with our companions and supporting their health-care ministries will not end. Our global companion churches and Lutheran partners who would like to continue or begin new malaria programming in the coming years will seek funding through ELCA World Hunger, which has a history of supporting health-related programming.</p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">What countries participated in the ELCA Malaria Campaign?</strong></p><p>Funds raised by the ELCA Malaria Campaign support malaria programs of Lutheran church bodies and Lutheran development organizations in 13 African countries&#58; Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.</p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">Can my congregation still obtain ELCA Malaria Campaign resources?</strong></p><p> <strong style="color&#58;#444444;">Yes!</strong> Resources will still be available for a limited&#160;time at <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/malaria/resources" target="_blank">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/malaria/resources​</a>.&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"> <img alt="Capture 1.PNG" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Capture%201.PNG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;677px;height&#58;370px;" /> <br>&#160;</p></div>09/16/2015We Did It! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has reached its $15 million goal! Ashley Debilzen http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/342http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/342<div class="ExternalClass927A36FD96DB4CDF8E87FA2DDA1E03E4"><p>​Sorry for the technical glitch with this version of this post.</p><p>Please see this page&#58;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/343">http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/343</a>&#160;</p></div>09/16/2015Godfrey and Neema – The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania Ashley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/341http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/341<div class="ExternalClassF9309FA2FEA94E66B75929E6A5FB567F"><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><strong></strong></p><div><div><strong>Godfrey Mnenwa Interview</strong></div><div>Nyumba ya Mungu Parish, Pare Diocese</div><div>30 April 2014</div></div><div><br></div><div><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>This is a f</em></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>ollow-up interview from November 2010 when Lisa Bonds met Godfrey. Her story from meeting him was shared in a number of </em></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>LMI and LWR communications. (Note&#58; this&#160;interview with Godfrey turned up different information regarding Godfrey's previous family losses to malaria. Lisa reported that Godfrey had lost 4 children to the disease; in this&#160;conversation with Godfrey he said he had lost one, the newborn infant that passed away just a few weeks before Lisa visited the parish.)</em></span><br></div><div><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></div><p> </p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%201.jpg" alt="blog 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>Godfrey and his wife Neema (Grace in Swahili) live in the fishing village of Lang'a Tabora near the Nyumba ya Mungu (House of God in Swahili) Resevoir. Godfrey was born in Iringa, Tanzania, and moved to Lang'a Tabora with his parents, with whom his family now shares a house. He is a fisherman by trade. Godfrey and Neema lost their 8-day-old newborn to malaria in late 2010.&#160;<br> <br>The loss of his own child inspired Godfrey to learn more about malaria and share the information with others. He attended the workshop at which the attendees formed groups that committed to spread the information about malaria prevention and treatment, and also work on income-generating projects. Godfrey and other members of the parish choir formed a group.<br> <br>Godfrey travels sometimes up to 30 kilometers (on foot and by boat across the reservoir) to share the information he knows about malaria. He's lost count of exactly how many households he has visited.<br> <br>Godfrey says that it can become discouraging at times to visits homes to share the knowledge because they sometimes then ask for money to pay for nets and treatments, and that's not something he can help them with.<br> <br>Godfrey and Neema have two surviving children. An 11-year-old son, Luno, who is in Standard 6 in Primary School. Their daughter, Wema, is 2 years, 10 months old and was born after they lost their infant in 2010.&#160;<br> <br>Since participating in the 2010 LMI seminar, Godfrey has been able to keep his wife and children safe from malaria. They sleep under bed nets every night, although Godfrey acknowledges it is difficult to ensure that Luno doesn't sometimes slip and arm or leg out of the net while sleeping (he shares a sleeping room with another young extended family member, away from the room where Godfrey and Neema sleep with Wema).<br> </p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%202.jpg" alt="blog 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>The family has not been completely free from malaria since Godfrey received the training, but now he knows what to do when the symptoms appear. When we visited Godfrey, his daughter Wema had just completed a three-day dose of Alu. She had shown symptoms of malaria (vomiting, fever and diarrhea), and Godfrey quickly took her to the health center for testing and treatment.</p><p>In his community, testing and treatment for malaria at the health center costs 4,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $2.50 by today's exchange). However, sometimes the health center isn't properly stocked with the medicine so then a person has to buy it from the pharmacy for 10,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $6.25) with no refund from the health center so the total can add up to 14,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $8.75).<br> <br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Quote&#160;from Godfrey&#58;</span><br> &quot;The malaria seminar came at the time I had just lost my child and that inspired me to share the information with others so that they would not have a loss like mine. The people [like Godfrey, sharing information in the community about malaria] are doing it for the betterment of the community. Malaria continues to be a threat, at the individual level and the economic level. If my child is sick I have to pay for their treatment, and pay for more expensive food to give them better nutrition for recovery. I thank God for my house to be among those that are collaborating for the good among the community. The malaria seminar was not the end. It was the beginning for our work and we thank God for showing us that.&quot;<br> <br><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Quote&#160;from Neema&#58;</span><br> &quot;I feel confident now that I can take care of my children and treat them properly when they have malaria.&quot;​</p></div>09/09/2015