The United Methodist Church is calling its entire denomination to partner with our sisters and brothers in Africa to eradicate Malaria. Malaria is a 100% preventable disease transmitted through mosquito bites that steals a life every 60 seconds. Most victims are pregnant women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The United Methodist Church in Florida committed to raising $2.5 million of the $75 million goal of the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative. Imagine No Malaria hopes to achieve victory over this deadly disease through prevention, education, communication and treatment.
Imagine No Malaria achieves prevention mainly by distributing bed nets and teaching families how to use them. For the cost of just $10, a bed net protects multiple members of a family for up to three years. In addition, the program teaches simple means of avoiding malaria, such as eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed.
Through the education initiative, Imagine No Malaria trains a grassroots network of community health workers. These community members are best-equipped to earn trust in reaching the local people and to ensure the information continues to be shared well into the future.
For communication, Imagine No Malaria distributes radios to village chiefs. These radios receive broadcasts regarding prevention, outbreaks, and treatment of the disease.
Finally, Imagine No Malaria partners with hospitals and clinics to improve diagnosis, case management and access to medication for malaria victims.
In honor of World Malaria Day, Memorial United Methodist Church will host a booth at the Fernandina Beach Market Place (North 7th Street) on April 25, from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Visit the booth to learn what you can do to stop this disease. You may make donations at the booth, or deliver them to Memorial United Methodist Church at 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please make checks payable to “MUMC” and designate “INM” on the memo line.
For additional information, contact Sarah Flint at (904)261-5769 or see imaginenomalaria.org.
During the time it took you to read this, another life was needlessly lost. Will you do something about that?