The United Methodist Church nationally is a part of the Imagine No Malaria initiative. Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950’s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership so that together with our partners our generation can beat malaria once and for all.
This effort started when deaths were one every 30 seconds by distributing insecticide-treated nets, and was known as Nothing But Nets where United Methodists raised $7.5 million dollars over three years. Now the project is called Imagine No Malaria and three additional functions have been added:
- Communication – delivering life-saving messages via radio announcements.
- Health Facilities – improving diagnosis, case management and access to medication.
- Education – training a grassroots network of community health workers.
Two years ago the denomination set a target of $75 million to be raised, increasing our support ten-fold. We are 85% of the way there. Annual Conferences pledged to raise a certain dollar amount. For our part, our conference pledged $2 million and we are 75% of the way there. At Byron UMC we contributed $400 in June 2014. Now a challenge has been issued to each district in our conference to raise $100K by June 2015.
There is a bucket on the Fellowship Table and we are going to leave it there for the next few months. If those of you who are able put $1 in this bucket each week, then drop by drop we can be part of something bigger. And we’ll have a think in the New Year as to how to involve the whole community. Just imagine life with no deaths from malaria!
You can find more information here:
And watch this introductory video.
And this video from the conference.