“It’s a positive change.” – The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Allison Beebe

​Evelina Lulangasi is no stranger to malaria.  As a health care worker at a Lutheran-run medical center in Tanzania, Evelina has seen countless deaths from malaria.

In the past, her efforts to treat malaria patients were hindered by timing.  Many people would wait too long to bring in an ill patient, and the malaria symptoms would become too severe.  Because of a lack of knowledge, many of these patients would die.

The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania is helping people to learn about malaria and to change their behavior. Through the program, people are learning how malaria is transmitted, how to recognize the signs of malaria, and to bring patients to a clinic within 24 hours of showing symptoms.

And Evelina is seeing a difference. “It’s a positive change,” she says. “Now people are coming in before it gets severe.”  There are fewer cases of malaria in Evelina’s community now, and those who are seeking treatment early are recovering.

Photo by Emilie Sollie, courtesy of Lutheran World Relief.

Evelina is grateful for the work of the Lutheran malaria program, and has high hopes for the long-term impact. “I truly expect that, thanks to the church mobilization and training, the malaria burden in our community will be lowered,” she says with confidence.  Through your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, Evelina’s community is being empowered to save lives.

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.