ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Pastor David Ngogo - The Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/318http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/318<div class="ExternalClass3B9412E3CCB24D9B9AEE970624973590"><p>It seems wherever Rev. David Ngogo is, he's talking about malaria. &quot;Many people have lost their lives because of ignorance about malaria. Through education, we could save a lot of people.&quot;​</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">R</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">ev. </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Ngogo is pastor of a rural parish in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT). The Lutheran malaria program is working with the ELCT to let church members know about malaria prevention, how to tell if they have malaria and what to do if they or their children become ill.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Pastor%20David%20Ngogo%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Pastor David Ngogo for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></em><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">​</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">​</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">​</span>​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Rev. Ngogo serves three churches in the Konde Diocese in southern Tanzania and is very passionate about this work. Every Sunday after the weekly worship service, he talks to people about malaria. He wants to make sure they understand how dangerous it can be and how easy it is to prevent by doing a few simple things.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">God has empowered us to know how to avoid diseases like malaria. We can defeat bad things like disease because we are empowered.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Every week he tells the people that malaria can kill. It is spread by mosquitoes. You can prevent malaria by sleeping </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">under an insecticide-treated bed net. If you think you or your child have malaria, go to the hospital right away. Young children are most at risk.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Rev. Ngogo learned these points from the Lutheran malaria program. Because of what the church is doing, thousands of people now know about malaria and how to protect themselves.&#160;​​​</span></p><p>&quot;Since we started this work,&quot; he says, &quot;more than one person [in my congregation] has gotten sick and recognized the symptoms early enough to seek treatment. And that is thanks to this training.&quot;</p><p><em>The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign and implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo by Emilie Sollie, courtesy of LWR.</em></p></div>05/27/2015These Students Have a Beef with MalariaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/317http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/317<div class="ExternalClass79C54C57C6574A66AD7D960A50D2131A"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Christus%20Rex%205%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Christus Rex 5 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The stude</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">nts and staff of Christus R​ex Campus Ministry at the University of North Dakota are working to end malaria in the tastiest way! The group recently hosted a year-end barbecue using the slogan &quot;Have a 'Steak' in Ending Malaria!&quot; They fed over 200 students with free steaks and burgers, and they collected money to support malaria interventions.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Christus%20Rex%203%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Christus Rex 3 for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Christus%20Rex%204%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Christus Rex 4 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p>This was a collaborative event, which was hosted by both Christus Rex and the ATO fraternity on campus. Students from both groups provided volunteers for the cookout. ATO provided the beverages, a local radio station provided music, and Christus Rex provided the food and the publicity. The group was able to borrow an excellent grill from Alerus Financial, and the grill was staffed by a local banker and the Director of Public Health. This event truly brought together members of the community. The weather was cloudy and cold, but spirits were bright!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Christus%20Rex%201%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Christus Rex 1 for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></p><p>Over the last three years, Christus Rex students and their campus community have contributed over $10,000 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign!&#160;Christus Rex began the school year with a carnival event to draw attention to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. In previous years, malaria education has been incorporated into worship, Bible studies, tailgating parties and dorm life. In 2012, the Christus Rex received a grant of seed money which could be used by Lutheran Campus Ministries or Lutheran colleges to jumpstart efforts for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This grant has helped to generate excitement and creativity around malaria awareness and fundraising ever since. </p><p><em>Thanks, Christus Rex, for your ongoing support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. So many students have made meaningful contributions to this campaign, and we thank God for your ministry!</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Christus%20Rex%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Christus Rex 2 for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">​</span><br></em></p></div>05/22/2015"We do not get discouraged" - The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/316http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/316<div class="ExternalClass6BD22FB5E99745EEB3D47A49413BC9A1"><p>​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Supesi%20Ntimpirangeza%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Supesi Ntimpirangeza for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">My name is Supesi Ntimpirangeza.&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I come from Mwiruzi village in the commune of Mishiha.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I am the volunteer animator for Mwiruzi and Caniga [through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program].</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160;</span></p><p>The responsibility of a volunteer animator is to visit the community members. When we are trained, we take what we learned to the community in the village and the local districts.&#160; We have to know any woman who is pregnant in our district.&#160; We also have to know all the village children under five who often contract malaria.&#160; </p><p>I like the job I do because [before the program began] in the community, some people did not know about malaria.&#160; As volunteer animator, we keep going to the community to teach them about malaria symptoms, and how pregnant women and children under five tend to contract malaria more often.&#160; </p><p>[My work] makes me happy because, in the village of Mwiruzi, cases of malaria have been reduced.&#160; People now go to the health clinic instead of relying on traditional medicine.&#160; </p><p>For example, in Caniga village, there was a woman whose child was seriously sick, but she thought it wasn't malaria.&#160; When I went to talk to her, I advised her to go to the clinic.&#160; She went, and the child was diagnosed with malaria.&#160; Now the child is doing well.&#160; He has fully recovered.&#160; </p><p>We now try to teach [community members] how to properly use the medication.&#160; For example, there is one malaria medication that is supposed to be taken three times.&#160; Now they know to administer the medication until the prescription is finished.&#160; We are currently seeing improvement among children, thanks to this advice.</p><p>I work with both men and women.&#160; After we receive training, we take [the knowledge] to the community.&#160; Men, women, young men and women all come to listen to the information.</p><p>The LWF program is very useful to me because before the LWF training, our community in Mwiruzi lived in darkness.&#160; But from the time we received training, we've seen a reduction in cases of malaria.&#160; I would like to ask that LWF continues to provide more training so that even those who haven't been trained yet also get the opportunity to learn.&#160; </p><p>There has been a lot of change [since the malaria program began]. People used to die in large numbers.&#160; But now, people hurry to the health clinic, and very few people die of malaria.&#160; </p><p>&#160;[My fellow animators and I] do not get discouraged.&#160; We were chosen to be volunteer animators in Mwiruzi because they saw our dynamism and diligence.&#160; We will continue this way.&#160; My hope for the future is that we could continue to teach the community, since we are already trained. That way they can keep progressing.</p></div>05/15/2015After burglary, people rally to support Peace Lutheran’s malaria effortsAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/315http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/315<div class="ExternalClass591DBF219290426EA3F0643B43047D3D"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​P</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">eace Lutheran Church in Burlington, North Dakota experienced a burglary on the night of Easter Sunday. One might imagine that this news was a stark contrast to the joy and celebration that the congregation had experienced in worship the morning before. Thankfully, not much damage was done to the church, and nothing of great value was taken. However, the children of the church had been raising money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign throughout Lent, and their gifts for malaria relief were among the items that were taken. The kids had raised about $300 for mosquito nets, and their hard-earned dollars were missing.</span></p><p>Instead of counting it as a total loss, Pastor Emily Nesdahl took action. Pastor Nesdahl reached out to family and friends with appeals to give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign in honor of the Peace Kids. Pastor Nesdahl wrote, &quot;I would love for this story of brokenness to become for them a story of the resurrection and the body of Christ.&quot; </p><p>Pastor Nesdahl had hoped to raise at least as much as Peace Kids had raised, with the support of people near and far. In the end, they raised <strong>seven times</strong> as much. With the help of people all over the country, Peace Lutheran Church will be able to contribute $2,120 to malaria prevention and treatment interventions. The body of Christ surrounded this community in a difficult time, and the results were something to rejoice over. We thank God that the community of Peace Lutheran Church can experience the joy of the resurrection through this effort. &#160;</p><p>Amidst their campaign, Peace Lutheran Church shared the following message&#58;</p><p><em>&quot;'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done - the saving of many lives.' Genesis 50&#58;20</em></p><p>The words that Joseph spoke to his brothers - you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good...the saving of many lives - ring true for us, too. The Holy Spirit has used the bad stuff that happened to do more good.&quot; </p><p>Then, as the campaign concluded, Peace Lutheran wrote&#58;</p><p>&quot;The numbers are in! After $300 was stolen when our church was burglarized at Easter, the people of God stepped in to help. With the help of people all over the country we have raised $2,120 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Whoa! A bed net to protect against the mosquito bites that cause malaria is $10. Instead of saving 30 people from malaria, we've raised enough to buy 212 bed nets. God is good, all the time!&quot;</p><p>Amen. What a great story of resurrection hope! Thanks to everyone who supported this effort in the name of the kids. The Peace Kids of Burlington, ND showed us how love our neighbors through their gifts, and the kids of 13 different countries in Africa have improved access to malaria prevention and treatment because of their support. Thank you!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kiddos.jpg" alt="Kiddos.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p></div>05/13/2015A Success Story - The Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/314http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/314<div class="ExternalClass2FC9090BF75249688DB4E46871E75467"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) has a strong presence! Thirteen percent of Tanzania's population belongs to the church, and the ELCT seeks to share a holistic&#160;gospel message by serving church members and others through spiritual, social, economic and environmental programs.&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Many of their programs focus on health education and health care.</span></p><p>The Usa River Lutheran Parish is part of the Meru Diocese of the ELCT.&#160; In the Usa River Parish, the ELCT offers a program called the Child Survival Program, which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160; The program works with mothers of small children, who are experiencing conditions of extreme poverty.&#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Mkunde%20Thomas%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Mkunde Thomas for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Mkunde and her daughter, Noel, with the mosquito net in their home. Courtesy of LWR.&#160;</em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Forty moth</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">ers are working together through the Child Survival Program, learning about malaria, their own health and the health of their young children.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">They also learn how to earn money through small business ventures, and how they can save their income to afford health-related items such as clinic visits and mosquito nets.</span></p><p>Mkunde Thomas and her one-year-old daughter, Noel, are one of the many success stories of the Child Survival Program.&#160; In the photo above, Mkunde demonstrates the mosquito net that she and Noel sleep under every night. Since she learned about malaria through the Child Survival Program, Mkunde and Noel have remained malaria-free!</p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Mkunde%20Thomas%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Mkunde Thomas 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Mkunde and Noel. Courtesy of LWR.&#160;</em></p><p><em>In Tanzania, the malaria program supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign is implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photos by Brenda Kimaro, courtesy of LWR.</em></p></div>05/08/2015"More than just another disease" - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/313http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/313<div class="ExternalClass2FEC6A7F086F4BF4BEBCDB3DE3E0B1BD"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;Malaria is more than just another disease for us,&quot; says Fred, a government health worker and local leader in the Kapujan sub-county of Uganda. &quot;It is killing our mothers, our children—every minute, every second.&quot;&#160;</span></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kapujan%20Fred%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Kapujan Fred for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em>&#160;</p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">(Photo&#58; Fred)</em></p><p>Geography plays a role in the prevalence of malaria in the sub-county.&#160; &quot;Kapujan is kind of an island,&quot; explains Fred. &quot;We are surrounded by many swamps, which are breeding areas for mosquitoes.&quot;&#160; </p><p>Because of the pervasiveness of malaria in their community, Fred and the other community leaders in Kapujan sub-county welcomed the LWF malaria program.&#160; As community leaders, they were invited into the program structure.</p><p>&quot;At the beginning of the LWF program, we participated in dialogue meetings—key stakeholder meetings,&quot; Fred says. &quot;During those meetings we discussed the vulnerable populations such as orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV and AIDS, pregnant women, under-5 children, etc.&#160; All opinion leaders and all political leaders in this sub-county have been well trained on malaria by the LWF program.&#160; We are good mobilizers and we sensitize others.&quot;&#160; </p><p>Winifred, the secretary of finance for Kapujan sub-county, agrees. &quot;We are very happy that we have been trained in malaria, and we are now creating awareness,&quot; she says. &quot;Everyone who gets a fever should get tested before taking medicine.&quot;&#160;</p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kapujan%20Sec%20Finance%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Kapujan Sec Finance for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em>&#160;</p><p><em>(Photo&#58; Winifred)</em></p><p>William, the sub-county chief, chimes in with his support of the program&#58; &quot;We have a good working relationship with LWF in terms of chasing malaria out of Kapujan sub-county. Malaria is dropping down because of support from LWF.&#160; Now our children are surviving and pregnant women are getting good support from LWF!&quot;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Fred goes on to</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> explain how the LWF malaria program cooperates with local leaders&#58;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;The Village Health Teams, or VHTs [trained volunteers with the LWF malaria program] have been trained according to Ministry of Health guidelines.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The VHTs and the government health workers work together to care for people, to do case management, to promote use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests, and to supply malaria medication to the health clinics. </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">VHTs hold outreach events three times each month, but we tell people not to wait for the outreaches; they should come to the VHT immediately when they get sick.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In this sub-county we never run out of testing kits for malaria, thanks to your support!&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;&#160;</span></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kapujan%20Leaders%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Kapujan Leaders 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; local leaders in Kapujan sub-county)</em></p><p><em></em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Fred sums up th</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">e thanks of his colleagues&#58; &quot;We would like to thank the ELCA and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for your support in the fight against malaria. We are glad that the LWF malaria program continues.&quot;</span></p></div>04/29/2015