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!
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. Malaria programming will continue to impact the families and communities in which it is present, but to see the impact of programming thus far, click on the link at the end of this post.
To learn more about the impact of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, do not advance through the slides one by one. Instead, click on the colored boxes to reveal “bubbles” with information about statistics, challenges, successes, & future plans in each country. Clicking on the “success” bubbles themselves also leads to a photograph to illustrate that success story. Clicking on the colored boxes in the key reveals all of the bubbles in that category at once, and additional bubbles may appear at the top that can also be clicked on for further information.