ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/"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>04/29/2015Today is World Malaria Day!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/312http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/312<div class="ExternalClass7DFA5620F60D454DBF14719637F762BD"><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WMD%20Appeal%20for%20web.jpg" alt="WMD Appeal for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">oday is World Malaria Day. Today, the ELCA Malaria Campaign asks you to join together with millions of people around the world and ELCA members across the United States in the fight against malaria.&#160;</span></p><p><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/malariadonate?srctid=1&amp;erid=12451448&amp;trid=07b58d7a-0502-450a-949f-d32f7d3cea85">With your gift today</a>, you can be a part of making malaria history. Five years ago we established a goal, dreamed big with our Lutheran companion churches and partners, and set out to raise $15 million by 2015. <strong>You can be a part of making that dream a reality – </strong><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/malaria/donate&amp;srcid=67412&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=12451448&amp;trid=07b58d7a-0502-450a-949f-d32f7d3cea85"><strong>today</strong></a>. <br><br>By working together, we have seen great success. Lutheran malaria programs stretch into 13 African countries and have impacted more than 2 million people with efforts to prevent and treat malaria.</p><p>Thanks to your faithful support, we have already raised over 90 percent of the $15 million goal and we are nearing the fulfillment of our commitments to several programs. <strong>But five countries still depend on your support</strong>. The time is now. Join our Lutheran companion churches and partners to fully fund our commitments to the rest of these programs and reach our goal for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Be a part of history with a gift that helps create a future free from malaria.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WMD_Map%202015%20for%20web.jpg" alt="WMD_Map 2015 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>​<br></p></div>04/25/2015Tanzanians observe World Malaria Day!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/311http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/311<div class="ExternalClassD637CDD63B9346738BECD800AB1DFBF4"><p>​​​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">World Malaria Day is observed around the world on April 25 each year. Here in the ELCA, many congregations incorporate malaria into their worship life at this time. Similarly, our companions in Africa host World Malaria Day observances of their own. Check out last year's World Malaria Day festivities from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). &#160;</span></p><p>The Pare Diocese of the ELCT was hosted by the Bonde la Ruvu Lutheran Parish for the day. Festivities included a bed net distribution to local families.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WMD%20net%20for%20web.jpg" alt="WMD net for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>A Maasai women's choir entertained the audience. Malaria education&#160;messages are often communicated through song and dance. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WMD%20choir%20for%20web.jpg" alt="WMD choir for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>The celebration was capped off with a friendly soccer match between two local teams.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WMD%20Soccer%20for%20web.jpg" alt="WMD Soccer for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>World Malaria Day was a chance for community members to come together around sports and music, but it also created an opportunity for people to access life-saving malaria interventions and education. &#160;Together with our companions, we celebrate the progress that has been made against malaria, and we are hopeful for a future where no child&#160;dies from this preventable, treatable disease. </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 courtesy of LWR.</em></p></div>04/20/2015Dinner and drumming in Millersville, MDAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/310http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/310<div class="ExternalClass7755661ABB334524A14E1B3F8BBACBAF"><p>​<em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Thanks to Deborah Wells of the Outreach Ministry team for sending us the content for this story.</em></p><p>The congregation of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersville, Maryland involved their church and their community in a recent event to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Millersville%205.jpg" alt="Millersville 5.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Dave&#160;Simpson leads the group in prayer.&#160;</em></p><p>Elaborating on a &quot;Safari Supper&quot; idea that the group had seen on the ELCA's website, the youth group made decorations and posters to give the fellowship hall a festive feel. Congregation members who have been fortunate enough to travel to Africa brought items from their visits to use as conversation pieces at the event. Members of the congregation prepared authentic African recipes for the group to enjoy for dinner. They also created informative table-top posters about the cultures and cuisines of the 13 countries where the ELCA Malaria Campaign is at work. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Millersville%201.png" alt="Millersville 1.png" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;455px;height&#58;253px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Guests enjoy dinner and conversation.&#160;</em></p><p>Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church also involved their local community college, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), to provide a music and dance performance. The performance was coordinated by the West African music professor, and one Ghanaian student even taught the group an African dance. The AACC performance was more than entertainment – it provided an educational awareness into the diverse cultures of Africa. Learning more about the people afflicted with malaria inspired congregation members to give generously. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Millersville%202.png" alt="Millersville 2.png" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;439px;height&#58;283px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Drummers from Anne Arundel Community College</em></p><p><em>Thank you, Christ Evangelical Lutheran, for your fantastic support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Millersville%204.png.jpg" alt="Millersville 4.png.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></em></p></div>04/15/2015Lutheran malaria program in Uganda builds effective government partnershipsAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/309http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/309<div class="ExternalClass340036520A5048A9868E5F96227DAF69"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Moses is a government official in Katakwi, Uganda. He serves as the District Health Officer. Moses says, &quot;We are working with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in many areas, including malaria. Malaria is a priority for us, especially encouraging a preventative lifestyle.&quot;&#160;</span></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/District%20Health%20Officer%20for%20web.jpg" alt="District Health Officer for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>(Photo&#58; Moses, District Health Officer in Katakwi, Uganda)​</em></p><p>The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda is implemented by LWF and supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160; Moses explains, &quot;We are well aware of the LWF program! They are working in 5 sub-counties in Katakwi with vulnerable groups such as under-5 children and pregnant women, nets, training VHTs (Village Health Team volunteers), outreach (using our resources sometimes), testing and treating, awareness, radio talk shows and training our staff, too. We have a good collaboration.&quot; In fact, he adds, &quot;We would even like to see the LWF program expand to work in all 10 sub-counties in Katakwi.&quot;</p><p>Because of frequent stock-outs of malaria medication at government clinics, the Lutheran malaria program has had to use some of its program funds to purchase malaria drugs. They are advocating with the District Health Office to increase access to government-supplied medications in the area and reduce the instances of stock-outs. </p><p>The District Health Office is pleased with the results of the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda. Moses explains, &quot;Instances of malaria are decreasing.&#160;&#160; VHTs are doing well in testing and referrals to our Health Centers.&#160; We are now seeing more pregnant women coming in for pre-natal care for malaria and other reasons. Malaria patients are also screened for other health problems. ​</p><p>&quot;The LWF program helps to reduce our caseload and our workload.&quot;&#160;</p><p><br></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/District%20Health%20Office%20for%20web.jpg" alt="District Health Office for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">(Photo&#58; District Health Office in Katakwi)</em></p><p><em><br></em></p></div>04/10/2015"Burundians - Come together to fight malaria!"Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/308http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/308<div class="ExternalClassE9D9C742CC2348BCA3A8D22FE2364869"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">n Nyamugari, a village in Burundi, a friendly competition got local citizens excited about malaria education.&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Performers from health clubs in three local communities (Nyamugari, Rukoyoyo and Gitaramika) were invited to present their best malaria educational materials using songs, dancing, costumes and drama. Points were awarded for messaging, presentation and timing, and effective costuming. Hundreds of spectators from all three communities crowded around to watch the competition and to show off their own malaria knowledge.</span></p><p>The first group presentation came from the health club in Nyamugari. They sang, &quot;Let's fight against malaria! Malaria kills many people. Children under five and pregnant women are most vulnerable to malaria.&quot;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">They presented a drama that shows how a community health worker advises a household to seek treatment at the health center, rather than visiting a traditional healer, when symptoms of malaria arise. The skit included a detailed demonstration of how malaria testing and treatment is conducted, and demystifies the process for those who have not yet visited a health center.</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Nyamugari%20malaria%20competition%20doctor%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Nyamugari malaria competition doctor for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A community member portrays a health worker in a drama about malaria.&#160;</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">One of the performers then came to the microphone and shared her personal story of becoming ill with malaria. She explained how her body felt, and encouraged spectators to visit the clinic when they feel similar symptoms.</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Nyamugari%20malaria%20competition%20woman%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Nyamugari malaria competition woman for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><em>Photo&#58; This woman shared a personal testimonial about malaria to educate her community.</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><em><br></em></span></p><p>Similar performances followed&#160;from the teams in the remaining two communities&#58; Rukoyoyo and Gitaramika. Using traditional choreography and whistle instruments, they created an excitement and exuberance that got the crowd clapping along. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Nyamugari%20malaria%20competition%20Rukoyoyo%20team%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Nyamugari malaria competition Rukoyoyo team for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Community members share malaria education messages through song&#160;and dance.&#160;​</em></p><p>Their songs encouraged, &quot;Let's come together in big numbers to fight against malaria!&quot; and &quot;Malaria—it's an epidemic! It hurts a lot of people. It's important to maintain your household, and avoid stagnant water.&#160; Malaria—it's an epidemic! Burundians—come together to fight malaria! Use nets to fight against malaria.&quot;​</p><p>In the end, all three community groups triumphed, having brought both entertainment and malaria education to the rest of their communities.&#160;​</p><p><br></p></div>04/01/2015